Easy Tire Changing Tips from Bob Smith Toyota

Have you ever found yourself driving on a busy highway only to hear an alarming thumping sound coming from the back of your Toyota vehicle? Then you know the feeling of losing one of your tires to a blowout. Nothing is worse than getting a flat tire on a hot Southern California road, but if you know what to do, it’s not the end of the world. Check out this simple tire-changing guide from our dealers here at Bob Smith Toyota so you know what to do if one of your tires blows out on the road.

What You’ll Need to Change Your Tire: 

  • Spare tire
  • Lug wrench 
  • Tire jack 
  • Your vehicle’s owner’s manual 

What You Do if Your Tire Blows Out: 

  1. Turn your hazards on and pull over to the side of the road. 
  2. Remove your vehicle’s wheel cover or hubcap. If you don’t know how to do this, consult your owner’s manual for the proper removal procedure.
  3. Loosen the lug nuts with the wrench by turning them counterclockwise. Don’t remove them entirely.
  4. Put your tire jack under the vehicle alongside the flat tire. Pump it up and down in order to raise your vehicle.
  5. Remove the lug nuts and place them in your wheel cover or hubcap for later.
  6. Remove the punctured tire.
  7. Mount your spare tire on the lug bolts. Take your lug nuts and place them back on the bolts.
  8. Once your lug nuts are tightly secured, use your tire jack to lower the vehicle. Put your wheel cover or hubcap back on.
  9. Drive to your nearest car service center carefully.  

Congratulations, you’ve successfully changed a tire by yourself! Now all you have to do is get your car to a certified technician for a tire replacement. If you ever need to replace your tire after a blowout, our Toyota service center is open seven days a week so you can get back on the road as soon as possible.