How Do You Change a Car Tire?

Porsche service technician removing tire lug nuts

Have your tires worn down past their usefulness? Did you recently suffer a flat tire? No matter if you want to put new tires on yourself at home near Connellsville or if you’ll get them replaced professionally, knowing how to change a tire is an essential skill to have. This saves you from having to wait on the side of the road or riding around on tires in bad shape. Tri-Star Nissan is here to show you how to change a car tire. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our service center if you have any questions along the way.

Changing Your Nissan Tires Near Pittsburgh

When you want to change the tires on your new Nissan vehicle, you will need the right tools: a jack, lug wrench, spare tire or new tire(s), and your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Replacing your tire is simple and straightforward as you’ll see below:

  1. If you’re on the side of the road near Greensburg, make sure to pull over to a safe place and turn on your hazard lights.
  2. 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.

How Often Should You Change Car Tires?

So how long do tires last? The answer depends on dozens of factors, including what model you drive, how often you rotate tires, how well they’re made, and more. With regular rotations, you should be able to get the full mileage recommended by the manufacturer, but it’s still recommended to check your tire pressure and tread regularly. If the tread wear is too significant, new tires are needed. It’s recommended to schedule a tire rotation when you get your routine oil change to ensure they last as long as possible.

How to Put Air in Your Tires

If it’s not time to change your tires and you’re wondering how to put air in them, we can help! If you don’t own your air pump, stop by your local Washington gas station to use theirs. To put air in your tires, follow these simple steps below:

  • Park your vehicle by the air dispenser and ensure that the hose can reach each tire.
  • Remove the cap on the tire valve of the first tire.
  • Check the air pressure in the tire by using your tire gauge. It’s recommended to do this at home because tires can heat up when you drive, which causes the air inside to expand. This can provide a false reading.
  • Use the air hose to add small amounts of air in short bursts while checking the tire gauge each time.

Keep checking the tire gauge until you hit the right amount of pressure! 

How Many Miles Can You Go on a Spare Tire?

If you put the spare tire on your vehicle, it’s essential to have a new, permanent tire put on as soon as possible. Spare tires are not meant for driving on for that long. They rarely last more than 50 miles. The spare tire will say the specific speed limits, but it’s typically below 50 mph.

Get Additional Tire Tips in Uniontown at Tri-Star Nissan!

If you don’t want to change the tire yourself, don’t hesitate to schedule a service appointment with our service center. Our team will get your tires taken care of, and you’ll be back out on the road in no time. Contact our service center for additional service tips or with any questions you may have.

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