How Do You Change a Car Tire?

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Whether you’re driving a new or pre-owned Preston Kia vehicle on Chardon and Middlefield roads, a flat tire can happen at any moment. But how do you change a car tire? While this may be a simple question, it’s one that many drivers still need to learn how to answer. Let Preston Kia be your source to learning the right way on how to change a car tire!

Changing Your Kia Tires

If you’re changing a tire on a Kia vehicle, you’ll need a jack, lug wrench, spare tire or new tire(s), and your owner’s manual. Follow these simple steps if you’re replacing your tire on your car, truck, or SUV:

  1. If you’re on the side of the road near Chagrin Falls, move to a safe place and turn on your hazard lights.
  2. Wherever you are, apply the parking brake and wheel wedges under the other tires.
  3. Remove the wheel cover or hubcap from the tire, then loosen the lug nuts.
  4. Use the jack to raise your vehicle and remove the lug nuts.
  5. Remove the current tire and mount the new or spare tire.
  6. Tighten the lug nuts, then lower your vehicle back to the ground.

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How Often Should You Change Car Tires?

When trying to figure out how often should you change car tires, this can often depend on when they were last rotated and how well they were made. You also need to take factors such as your tire pressure and the quality of your treads into consideration when figuring out how often should you change car tires. If you check the tread, keep an eye out for any significant wear as this could be a sign that you need new tires.

How Many Miles Can You Go on a Spare Tire?

Even if you just put on your spare tire, you’ll want to make sure that you replace it as soon as possible as a spare can only last up to 50 miles. This is meant to serve as a temporary wheel to get you home or to get your vehicle to the service department to be fixed quickly. You can even check on the tire itself as you’ll find the spare tire will say its specific limits, but most recommend staying below 50 mph.

The Preston Kia Service Center Helps with Your Tire Needs

When it’s time to change your tires, you can always count on our service and parts department to have everything you need and to get the job done right. You can also get at-home vehicle maintenance tips on how long car brakes last or how to check car oil. And, be sure to take a look at our tire store and take advantage of our service specials and coupons to help you save on your next visit. Contact us today to schedule an appointment near Mentor where we’ll have you back on the road in no time!

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