Teach Me To (series)

Teach Me To Change A Flat Tire

Every woman should know how to change a flat tire on their vehicle. So far in my life, I’ve had exactly 5 flat tire experiences. I wish I could tell you I changed them all myself, but I didn’t. And it gets worse.

They all cost me big bucks because, naturally, they happened when my husband wasn’t there. I had to call – and pay for – professional help. (Well, one kind stranger saw me standing on the side of the highway, pulled over, and changed a blown-out tire for me. But I still gave him $40 because he looked skinny.)

Anyway, a woman should be to take care of herself in spontaneous flat-tire situations. I’ve learned how and won’t be shelling out anymore for someone else to change a flat tire.

Let’s Learn How To Change A Flat Tire

I’m including a video as the main tutorial of this lesson because there’s no wife sense in re-inventing the wheel (see what I did there?) when someone else has already done it better than I could. But before we start the video, here are the pro tips you need to know:

  • Before you ever get a flat, make sure you’re prepared for one. Of course, you need a fully inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and a jack. But you’ll also appreciate having an old blanket to kneel on, flares, a wheel block, and a flashlight (should you be so unfortunate to have your flat after dark.)
  • Always be thinking about your safety. If you get a flat while driving, immediately turn on your hazard lights, slow your speed, and drive to the nearest exit ramp or parking lot. Better to buy new rims, if necessary, than to get run over.
  • Always change your tire on level ground. Jacks slip and tires roll. It’s a good idea to set your parking break even on a flat surface.
  • Know your vehicle. The lug nuts on certain models require a special key adapter to take them off. If yours requires one, make sure you know where it is. Consult your owner’s manual.
  • Don’t place the jack willy-nilly. Most cars have a notch on the frame specifically to fit the jack and facilitate optimum placement. Again, check that in your owner’s manual.
  • After you’ve changed your flat tire, repair or replace your regular-sized tire as soon as possible. Sooner than possible, if that’s possible.

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Now that you know how to change a flat tire for yourself, take the money you saved and buy yourself something pretty.

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  • KatiesKottage

    This is such valuable information. My dad taught me at a young age how to change my tire and do other simple car repairs. Thanks for putting this out there for other women to use.

    • Wife Sense

      You’re welcome, Katie. What a good dad you have. 1,000 good-dad points for him!

  • Jennifer Schmidt

    This is great info! My dad made me learn how to change a flat, my oil, and random other things. I am so thankful to know how to fix things since I saved myself 400 dollars when my tail light went out by doing it myself.

    • Wife Sense

      Wow, Jenn, $400 is no joke. What a woman! 🏅

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    I was just thinking about this the other day, what I would do if I got a flat tire. This is so helpful and timely because you never know when it’ll happen. It’s always good to be prepared!

    • Wife Sense

      Right?! Sit by the side of the road and cry is not a great plan. 😭