How to Change a Tire on a Lexus RX350by J. Anthony Cooley
If you get a flat tire when you're up against the clock, you don't have time to wait for an auto repair service, so your only option is to change your own tire on your Lexus RX350. Changing a tire may seem intimidating at first, but after you've done it once, you'll realize it was much easier than you expected. Knowing how to change your own tire is a handy bit of information.
Park your Lexus on a solid, level surface and set the parking brake.
Remove the hubcap using the the flat end of the lug wrench that accompanies the jack underneath the spare tire in the trunk of your Lexus RX350. Slip the flat end of the tool between the hubcap and the rim, push down, and twist.
Loosen the lug nuts. One by one, fit the lug wrench over the lug nuts and turn counterclockwise to loosen. Loosen the lug nuts with the wrench enough so you can hand-loosen them, but do not remove them completely. The initial turn will be the hardest, so if you can't get it to turn, place the lug wrench on the lug nut so it's horizontal in the air and parallel to the ground. Make sure the lug wrench is securely in place and stomp down on it using the power from your legs as if you were on the stair stepper at the gym.
Jack up the Lexus. Look under the Lexus and identify the square groove. Place the jack directly under the groove so that it will make contact with the groove as the car is raised. Once in place, jack up the vehicle by turning the jack handle in a clockwise motion.
Remove the lug nuts and place them in a safe spot.
Remove the tire.
Put the new tire on. Make sure to line up the screws with the holes in the rim.
Tighten the lug nuts by hand. Get them as tight as you can, but don't worry about them being as tight as possible since you will tighten them thoroughly after you lower the Lexus back to the ground.
Slowly lower the jack to the ground by turning the jack handle in a counterclockwise motion.
Tighten the lug nuts completely. Use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts securely to the tire.
Items you will need
- New tire
- Lug wrench
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