Changing a Tire on Your Honda

March 31st, 2015 by

It can be a jarring experience to have to perform emergency maintenance on your vehicle. It’s usually inconvenient and a far cry from having a pro service team like the one at Bosak Honda to tackle the job. However, it’s always good to know how to change a tire on your Honda should the need arise. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to swap one tire for the other:Blonde and broken car

First Things First

Before you do anything at all, make sure you’re safe! Put your emergency flashers on, slow down, and pull over to the side of the road gradually (not abruptly). If the road is busy and/or dark, it can help to put safety markers like cones, reflective signs, or road flares around your vehicle.

Removing the First Tire

You then want to round up all the equipment you’ll need including a tire tool/tire iron, a car jack, and a spare tire. All these items should be in the trunk of a Honda car or under the back seat of a Honda truck.

Before moving, set the parking brake. This is very important!

Then, use the tire tool to remove the hubcap and loosen the lug nuts from on the wheel of the tire you’d like to change. Don’t take them all the way off yet. Place the jack under the axle of the tire you’re switching out and lift the car. You can use the tire tool to rotate the jack’s mechanism and lift the vehicle. Once the tire is off the ground, remove the lug nuts completely and take off the old wheel.

Putting on the Spare

Now it’s just a matter of lining up the holes on the spare tire with the lug nuts. Slide the spare tire onto the lug nuts and screw the nuts on finger tight. After that, lower the car so that the new tire takes the weight of the vehicle, then tighten the lug nuts with the tire tool.

Ta daa! You’ve just changed your tire!

Remember to collect your equipment before you drive off.

In order to avoid flat tires, it’s a good idea to get your Honda looked at for routine maintenance and check tire pressure regularly. Come into Bosak Honda Michigan Citys when you think you might need something looked at. We’d love to help!

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