Life DIY 101 | How to Change a Tire

It’s Nacho introduces Life DIY 101 videos! These are short videos we have produced which teaches you how to change a tire, basic cooking, how to taxes, etc. Basic things that you need in real life with a dash of It’s Nacho humor. ¬†Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday!

Life DIY 101 Videos | August Schedule

  • Thursday, August 10 | How to change a tire
  • Saturday, August 12 | How to do taxes
  • Tuesday, August 15 | How to perform basic 1st aid
  • Thursday, August 17 | How to sew
  • Saturday, August 19 | How to basic cooking
  • Tuesday, August 22 | How to jump-start a car
  • Thursday, August 24 | How to perform CPR / Heimlich maneuver

Life DIY | How to Change a Tire

phone side of road

Nothing says FML better than stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire. Instead of copping-out and calling AAA, how about being able to change a tire without having to ask for help? It’s not like we’re asking you to change a tire on a moving car. Fortunately, changing a tire is a pretty simple task, provided you’re prepared and willing to exert a little effort. We got you.

1. Find a flat, stable and safe place to change your tire. You should have a solid, level surface that will restrict the car from, you know, rolling away. If you are near a road, park as far from traffic as possible and turn on your emergency flashers (hazard lights).

flat place for car

2. Apply the parking brake (probably your first time) and put car into “Park” position. If you have a standard transmission, put your vehicle in first or reverse.
3. If you have a heavy object (rock, concrete, spare wheel, etc.) put that in front of the front and back tires. No worries if you don’t have anything.

block tires

4. Take out the spare tire and the jack. OK, this is where you really need to pay attention: Place the jack under the frame near the tire that you are going to change. Ensure that the jack is in contact with the metal portion of your car’s frame. Most cars have a small notch or mark just behind the front wheel wells, or in front of the rear wheel wells where the jack is intended to be placed.
5. Raise the jack until it is supporting (but not lifting) the car. The jack should be firmly in place against the underside of the vehicle. Check to make sure that the jack is perpendicular to the ground.
6. Remove the hubcap and loosen the nuts by turning counterclockwise. Loosen enough but don’t take them all the way off.

Hot It’s Nacho tip here: by keeping the wheel on the ground when you first loosen the nuts, you’ll make sure that you’re turning the nuts instead of the wheel.

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7. Pump or crank the jack to lift the tire off the ground. You need to lift it high enough to remove the flat tire and replace it with a spare. It’s Nacho Hot Tip: As you lift, make sure that the car is stable. If you notice any instability, stop working! Then lower the jack and fix the problem before fully lifting the car.
8. Remove the nuts the rest of the way. Turn them counterclockwise until they are loose. Repeat with all lug nuts, then remove the nuts completely.

9. Remove the tire like you’re in a NASCAR pit! JK – place the flat tire under the vehicle so in the event of a jack failure the vehicle will fall on the old wheel, hopefully preventing the car falling on top of you. If the jack is placed on a flat, solid base, you shouldn’t have no problemo.

nascar pit

10. Place the spare tire on the hub. Take care to align the rim of the spare tire with the wheel bolts, then put on the lug nuts. Don’t install backwards! The valve stem of a doughnut tire should face outwards, away from the vehicle.
11. Tighten the nuts by hand until they are all snug. They should turn easily at first. Using the wrench, tighten the nuts as much as possible using a star pattern. To ensure the tire is balanced, don’t completely tighten the nuts one at a time.

tighten by wrench

12. Ok, let’s get those biceps going! Lower the car without applying full weight on the tire and then tighten the nuts as much as possible.
13. Lower the car to the ground fully and remove the jack. Easily the most forgettable step, don’t forget to finish tightening the nuts and replace the hubcap.
14. Put the old tire in your trunk and take it to a mechanic who you know won’t rip you off. . They should be able to quickly give you an estimate for the cost of repair. Small punctures can usually be repaired for less than $15. If the tire is not repairable, they can dispose of it properly and take you to the cleaners on a new tire!

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