How to Change a Tire on a Hyundaiby Gregory Crews
The Hyundai is an economical car known for its long warranty and reliability. This is no consolation if you have a flat tire out in the middle of nowhere. Changing the tire is more about safety than it is about actually changing the tire. Always keep safety in mind when you have to raise the car with the jack to change out a tire. In the event you are using the small spare tire in the trunk, you will need to change that out as quickly as possible. The small spare tire is only to be used for emergency and can not support the constant demand that a normal-size tire can provide.
Park the car on level ground if possible. Set the parking brake on the car to prevent it from rolling backwards.
Loosen the lug nuts with the tire tool. Do not take the lug nuts completely off until the car is off the ground.
Place the jack by the tire that needs changing. There will be a ridged area along the frame to place the jack. Crank the jack to raise the vehicle. Raise it until the tire is off the ground.
Unscrew the lug nuts the rest of the way. Take the wheel off and place it to the side.
Pull the spare tire from the trunk. The tire may be secured in the deep part of the trunk.
Put the spare tire on the axle. Start threading the lug nuts on to the wheel studs.
Tighten the lug nuts in a criss-cross pattern until all the lug nuts are tightened. Lower the vehicle to the ground. Further tighten the lug nuts using the tire tool.
- Contact your local tire store for repair, disposal or replacement of the tire that was removed from the car.
- Use caution when removing the tire. Ensure the car is parked on level ground and that the parking brake is set. If changing the tire on the side of the road, pull the car far enough off the road so you can change the tire safely. You can also contact your local police department or state troopers to sit behind you with their lights flashing to let other drivers know to slow down and proceed with caution.
Items you will need
- Heat and flat tire image by Vladimir Jovanovic from Fotolia.com