When you’re behind the wheel, a flat tire can be one of the most stressful situations you can encounter. If you have roadside assistance, you can just kick back and wait for help, but what if it’s up to you to change your tire?

With the right preparation, changing a tire can be easier and less stressful, so if you can’t get your vehicle to our Dodge service center, here are some tips for changing a tire on your own.

Preparing for a Flat Tire

If you want to be prepared in the case of a flat tire or blow-out, you’ll need to keep some emergency equipment in your Dodge vehicle:

  • Spare tire or donut tire
  • Manual car jack
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Lug or torque wrench
  • Portable tire inflator
  • Tire wedges
  • Road flares

How to Change a Tire

If your tire goes flat while you’re on the road, use your turn signal and safely guide your car to a safe spot on the shoulder of the road or a side street. Once you are safely parked, you can follow these instructions to get your Dodge vehicle back on the road.

  • Turn your hazard lights on or light a road flare to ensure you are seen
  • Put your car in park and engage the emergency brake
  • Place your tire wedges firmly against the wheels opposite your flat tire
  • Gather your tools, including optional accessories like gloves or towels
  • Remove wheel cover and loosen lug nuts by turning them counterclockwise
  • Place the car jack under the vehicle’s frame next to the wheel with the flat tire
  • Remove the lug nuts and flat tire; keep the lug nuts on hand and place the flat tire out of the way
  • Attach the spare and replace the lug nuts
  • Lower the vehicle to the ground with the jack; don’t put the full pressure of the car on the spare yet
  • Tighten the lug nuts, replace any wheel cover, and lower the jack all the way
  • Put your tools and flat tire away in the truck and safely drive to your destination

If you replace your flat tire with a “donut” tire, it has a limited lifespan, so bring your vehicle to the Mopar Dodge service center at Ourisman Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM of Bowie. Our professionals will provide you with the best tire service possible so you can keep cruising.