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How to Change a Tire on a Dodge Sprinter

by Abby Vaun; Updated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Owner's manual

  • Jack

  • Wheel wrench

  • Spare tire

Getting a flat tire is a frustrating and sometimes intimidating situation. However, there’s no need to call AAA if your Dodge Sprinter gets a flat. Although you can take measures to prevent the inconvenience of a flat--getting your tires rotated regularly and replacing tires with worn-out tread--sometimes the unexpected happens. If you know how to change your own tire, you can be back on the road before AAA has a chance to get to you. With the tools provided by the manufacturer, you can easily change the tire yourself.

Drive the car to a flat surface. Set the parking brake.

Locate the vehicle tool kit. It is in the front passenger foot well under the hatch.

Remove the spare tire. If the spare is below the frame of the car, open the cargo doors. Use the wheel wrench from the vehicle tool kit to loosen the retaining screws above the frame. Then unhinge the hooks holding the spare from under the car. If it is in the cargo area, open the cargo doors and loosen the spare wheel holder in the center of the tire by turning the lever counterclockwise with your hand.

Loosen the wheel lug nuts on the flat tire using the wheel wrench, but do not take them off.

Place the jack under the jacking point. If you’re changing one of the front tires, the jacking point is located in front of the front axle. For a rear tire, the jacking point is in front of the rear axle. If you have trouble locating these points, check your owner's manual for a diagram.

Lift the car with the jack until there is enough room to slide the spare onto the car. If the car moves backward or forward while you are jacking the car up, lower the car and reposition the jack.

Remove the lug nuts on the flat tire and take off the tire.

Wipe off any rust or dirt from the lug nuts, bolts and spare tire.

Install the spare tire onto the car and tighten the lug nuts by hand.

Lower the car gently back onto the ground.

Tighten the lug nuts with the wheel wrench until the tire is secure.

Replace the jack and wheel wrench in the vehicle tool kit and store the flat tire in the cargo area.

About the Author

After accidentally stumbling into a journalism class at University of North Texas, Abby Vaun has been writing ever since. She honed her skills writing for "The Dallas Morning News" and as a copy editor for Earle Palmer Brown in New York City. From Dallas to New York to L.A., she has enjoyed freelancing for 10 years and expanding her knowledge through her profession.

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