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How to Change a Tire on a Hyundai Elantra

by Adam Raphael; Updated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • Jack

  • Lug nut wrench

There is something satisfying in fixing car problems yourself. If you acquire some basic knowledge about your car and apply it, you may be able do a number of tasks you would usually trust a professional to do. One of those tasks is changing a tire on your Hyundai Elantra. Changing an Elantra tire is fairly simple, and you will need only a few basic tools that you carry in your trunk all the time. If you follow the steps correctly and patiently, you will be able to change a tire on your Hyundai Elantra wherever you are.

Prepare the car and the tools for the tire change. Drive your car away from traffic, park it in a level area, and pull up the emergency brake. Also be sure to turn off the ignition so the engine is off. Look for the tools in your trunk and get them near the tire.

Pull out the spare tire from the trunk and put in near the flat tire.

Loosen but do not remove the lug nuts on the tire you're changing, using the lug nut wrench and turning them counterclockwise.

Put the jack under your car, between the wheel wells, near the tire. Peek under the car near the wheel well of the tire you're changing and identify the area where you should put the jack--it might be a flat surface on the frame iron, or a dimple, or a notch, or a pinch in the steel--and use it to slightly lift the car. Be sure the car sits comfortably on the jack. Lift it so the flat tire is at least 3 inches above the ground.

Remove each lug nut of the tire, which you loosened in Step 3. Be sure to keep the nuts in a safe place; as you’ll be using them again shortly.

Remove the flat tire simply by pulling it off the studs with your hands.

Place the spare tire on the axle where the flat tire was.

Put the lug nuts on the studs with the spare tire mounted and screw them on using your hands until they're snug.

Lower the jack carefully until the car is safely on the ground. Then tighten each lug nut with the lug wrench.

Warnings

Never leave the key in the ignition while working on your car.

About the Author

Adam Raphael has been writing technical and health-related articles for a variety of online sources for five years. His articles have appeared on a variety of popular blogs and other websites.

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