Loosen the lug nuts
If you try to loosen the lug nuts after jacking up the car, the wheel will just spin on you. Loosen those nuts now and make it easier on yourself.
- There are generally four or five lug nuts near the center of a wheel. Sometimes they're hidden under a hubcap, or a plate that needs to be pried loose.If this is the case, use the flat end of the lug wrench (or jack handle). Insert it into the slot provided at the edge of the plate, or at the edge of the hubcap. Pry the plate or hubcap off and don't let them roll away.
- Now that you've removed the hubcap, find
the end of the wrench that fits properly.
Place it over any of the lug nuts.
- Turn counter-clockwise to loosen the
nut. Do you have the cross-shaped lug nut
wrench? If so, grab the opposite ends of the
wrench. Use that leverage to loosen the lug
- Many people have trouble removing very
firmly tightened lug nuts. If you're in that
situation, here are a few strategies to help
- Steady the wrench with your hand if
possible, and step down hard on one end of the
wrench with your foot.
- Place your foot carefully onto the
wrench. Holding onto the car, step with your
full weight onto one end of the wrench. Bounce
up and down on that end until the nut loosens.
- Find a rock. Hammer on the end of
wrench with it.
Once the nut has loosend and turns more readily,
continue turning the wrench until a few remaining
turns with your hand will release it. Repeat the
process with the remaining lug nuts. Note:
Leave the lug nut on the threaded shaft.