Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Smart girl's guide to changing a tire
































The other day, I was walking by my parked car and saw this:



Womp wha....

And guess what I realized? In my 30 years on earth, I still had never learned how to change a flat tire!  I decided it was finally time to learn.  I thought I'd teach you all too, in case you've never done it before. Not only is it easy, but a surefire way to feel like you accomplished an important task.  Once you know how to change a tire, I'm telling you, you'll feel like you can take on the world.  So here's how to in 10 easy steps!

1. Open your trunk and locate your donut, jack and lug wrench- this is your flat tire survival kit!












2. Use the pointy end of the lug wrench to pry off the part of your hub cap that covers the lug nuts. Ie: the middle part.

























3. Use the lug wrench to unscrew the lug nuts.  Those babies should be on there nice and tight.  So the trick to getting them off is standing on the wrench and using your weight to twist them.  It's like a little ride!


4. Once the lug nuts are off, make sure you put them some place where you won't lose any, like the front seat.

























5. Now it's time to get the jack going! Consult your owner's manual to see exactly where the jack is supposed to go.  You're looking for a ribbed notch which is the strongest part of the car.  Lifting the car in the wrong spot is dangerous! So consult your manual to find the notch.


























6. Wind it up with your lug wrench!


























7. Now your tire should come right off.










































8. It's donut time! (mmmmm) Put the donut in place of the real tire, and start screwing those lug nuts back on. Use that stepping method again to make sure they're nice and tight

















9. Lower your jack back down.


























10. And you're good to go! Get yourself over to a mechanic and remember don't drive over 40mph with a donut on!

























Now go get yourself a reward donut- you deserve it!

































Have you ever changed your own tire before, readers? Have any horror stories? I'd love to hear all about it in the comments!

12 comments:

  1. Sarah, you are awesome! I feel empowered just reading this. I'm almost 26 and have never changed a flat tire either (except on my bike!). I really need to learn! Good job and thanks for posting this, you made it look so much easier than I thought it was!

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    1. Yay! So glad to hear that Kristen! You can do it!

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  2. I got a flat while driving in the fast lane, at night, in the rain. Once I crossed 4 lanes of traffic to pull over, I called my now-husband. He didn't answer. After many frustrations, I said "fck it!" and did it myself. I had never done it before, but I was all hopped up on adrenaline and made it happen. I felt awesome.

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  3. Nicely done! Flat tires are the absolute worst! I feel like I am a magnet for them, boo. But it does always feel super nice changing them yourself!

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    1. Oh no! Flat tire magnet sounds awful. Thanks for your comment! Yes, I felt so empowered!

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  4. WOW! :) super woman! haha, thats awesome, I love that you made a tutorial of it!

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    1. Thanks! I know, I was like "grab the camera, I need to blog about this!" :)

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  5. Yeah, it’s smart and cool for a woman to know and actually change her tires. It’s actually quite empowering to do that on your own! To make things easier, I would suggest having your own ramp. That way, you can easily raise your car and check out the tire alignment.

    -->Michelina Douglass

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  6. Two thumbs up for you for changing your own tires! It looks like it was done by a pro. And yes, knowing a thing or two about car repairs like this can save you from lots of hassles, such as staying long in the road and looking for help. You can always help yourself if you have the knowledge and the skill. [Rita McCall]

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  7. Wow! That’s really cool! You still managed to smile as you changed the tire, huh! That’s the spirit, Sarah! Instead of making things so miserable, why not just smile and do what you can do? This will help you solve your problem and move on, right? Nice! I admire you for that! ;)

    Patrick Montgomery

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  8. This is a great article. This really shows how important it is to have durable and reliable tires on your car. Also you want nice tires that have good traction for when it is raining or snowing. The new new Nokian Hakkapeliitta tires are great because they consist of a tread pattern that is covered by a denser sipe mesh.

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