How to Change your Own Tires

GamGam always said every well-rounded person  should know three things: how to bake a cake, how to make a toast, and how to change a tire. Fortunately, you can learn how to do any of these on the internet. Whether you're in the garage or stranded beside the road (thank Zeus we're good at mobile optimization), there's no need to worry, Go Auto Outlet is here to help. Follow these 5 steps and you'll have your tires changed in no time.

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1. Preparation

In this case, failing to prepare doesn't necessarily mean preparing to fail but, having your tools and supplies sorted before the job will save you from a lot of repeat trips to the work bench. The supplies you will need are:

  • Tire iron (can be found with the emergency spare tire in your trunk)
  • Vehicle jack (also hiding in the trunk, sometimes in a Narnia-like location)
  • Jack stands
  • Wheel chocks
  • Work mat, or a floor mat from your car will work for the cavalier among us
  • The set of tires you intend to reattach

Find all of the above supplies, and arrange them near your work area. Keep everything sorted and within reach. There's nothing more frustrating than tripping over the tires on your fifth trip to the tool chest. Ensure the vehicle is on a level surface with the parking brake engaged, and wedge your wheel chocks behind the two tires you'll be changing last.

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5.Lowering

Once your wheels are securely attached, clear out any tools from below the car. Jack the vehicle high enough to slide out the jack stands, and then slowly lower it down to the ground. If this was your second row of wheels, open a beverage and celebrate being done. Otherwise, return to Step 2 to finish changing the other wheels.

Now that you've got your tires back on, feel free to come thank any of the staff at our Red Deer, Edmonton, or Leduc locations. And if even these steps seem complicated, you can always have a certified technician from our YEG Airport  Wash N' Go service perform the swap for you!

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