Changing a Tire On Your Honda
It doesn’t usually matter how it happened when you discover your Honda has a flat tire; your top priority is changing the tire on your Honda and heading on your way. But how do you change a tire? While many drivers learned how from their parents or during driver’s ed, we bet that most of you are a bit rusty, so we put together a quick primer on changing a tire on your Honda.
You Have Everything You Need
While your spare tire kit will have everything you need to change your tire in an emergency, the job might go a bit more quickly if you invest in a full-size tire iron or a jack that’s a bit more heavy duty than your spare tire jack. But in a pinch, the tire iron and jack that come with your vehicle will get the job done.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Pull over to the side of the road, out of the way of traffic.
- If it’s dark out, turn on your hazard lights and set up reflective cones and/or road flares behind your vehicle so others know you’re stopped.
- If you have blocks in your trunk to keep your car from rolling as it’s raised up, place them on either side of the wheel diagonally opposite the one you’re changing. Put your parking brake on.
- Remove your spare tire kit and follow its instructions for jack placement and raising your vehicle up.
- Loosen the lug nuts on your flat tire.
- Raise your car up with the jack.
- Remove the lug nuts and then take off the wheel.
- Replace the wheel with your spare and reverse the steps you took to raise the car up.
- Follow the instructions on your spare tire for how fast you can drive and what its driving range is—remember, it’s not a permanent replacement.
Remember, if you’re ever feeling unsure of any kind of work you’re doing on your car, even changing your tire, don’t be afraid to call a pro. We assure you that roadside assistance will be there quickly and have your tire changed in no time.
We Handle Your Honda Service Needs
One of the most important things you can do after you get your tire patched and back on your vehicle is to replace your spare or “donut” tire. If you have a full-size spare, you should be okay, but the smaller spare tires are not made for excessive use and you shouldn’t take a chance on it. Contact Bosak Honda Highland for information on how to replace your spare tire.