LIB How to Properly Change a Car Tire

In this video Allan Stanley, a Howdini Rep, takes us through the complete process of how to safely change a car tire. The most important step when changing a tire is to find a safe, leveled surface away from traffic where you can work on changing a tire. He starts off by showing the exact location of a spare tire in a standard mid-size vehicle, which would be in the trunk. He then proceeds to loosen the nut that holds the spare tire in place, he then checks it to make sure it’s fully pressured before he pulls it out of the car. This is an important because spare tires can often lose pressure if they have not been used in a long period of time. This can be checked by bumping the tire with your fist or by bouncing the tire against the ground as you pull it out. Then he shows the importance of placing reflecting warning signals in order to notify surrounding drivers that your car is disabled at the moment and should be cautious as they pass you by. He then secures the wheel on the opposite side of the flat thereby prohibiting the car from moving once it is jacked up on the side of the flat tire. He shows the importance in loosening the lug nuts prior to jacking the car up, doing so allows you to be able to apply the greatest amount of torque on each nut by not allowing the tire to move when applying the counterclockwise force. Every car has 4 assigned post where jacks are meant to be positioned in, Allan shows the location and explains how the typical jack must be placed and begins to jack up the car. The car is then jacked up until the tire is free from contact with the floor, he continues to remove all the lug nuts and then is able to remove the flat tire from the vehicle. He continues to place the spare tire in and pushes it till it has a flush connection with the wheel hub assembly, it is important to hand tighten the all the lug nuts until they keep the rim in the flush position with the hub. Then the car is lowered to the ground and lastly he finishes tightening the lug nuts for a safe installation.

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