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Learn2 Change a Flat Tire (continued)
Step 2: Get the spare and the jack

You can't remove the old wheel without a jack. The spare is probably right next to it.

  • The spare tire is usually located in the wheelwell, which is often on the bottom of the side of the car. It's either an indented area or a slot of some kind where the jack is meant to reside. Your owner's manual has a diagram that will locate it for you.
  • Most often, the spare will be held in place by a bracket or a bolt that unscrews by hand pretty easily.
  • If the jack is located in metal slots, slide it out and make sure that the handle is there as well. Many jack handles double as the lug remover, but if you have a real lug wrench (see above), you won't need to use it as such.

Bring them both over to the work area, along with the lug wrench. If you're doing this at night, take care not to lose the jack handle in the dark.

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Step 1: Find the right spot
Step 2: Get the spare and the jack
Step 3: Loosen the lug nuts
Step 4: Jack up the car
Step 5: Remove the old wheel
Step 6: Put on the new wheel
Step 7: Lower the car and pack it all up


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