How to Change Tires on the Chevrolet Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Knowing how to change a tire on your Chevy Colbalt in an emergency may keep you from sitting on the side of the road waiting for help. If you have a flat tire, try and get the car off the road and to a flat spot so you can safely raise the car without it rocking or falling off the jack. The Colbalt has all the tools you need in the trunk with the spare tire. The spare in the Colbalt is a space saving tire and not intended for extended use, but it will get you to a garage or tire shop in an emergency.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change Tires on the 2006 Trailblazer

Park on level ground, if possible, and set the emergency brake. Place wheel chocks under both sides of the tire furthest from the one you are changing. Locate your tire changing tools, which will be mounted under the rear seat in regular models or in the left side rear storage compartment on extended wheelbase models. Turn the knob on the jack counterclockwise and remove the jack and jacking tools from the holder.

Open the rear hatch door. Insert the socket extension from your jacking tools into the hole that is just above the center of the rear bumper and that is revealed after opening the hatch door. Place the jack handle on the end of the extension and turn it counterclockwise to lower the spare tire to the ground. Tilt the center retainer to one side and slide it out of the center hole of the spare wheel. Slide the spare wheel from under the vehicle.

Use the tapered end of the lug wrench to remove the hubcap, if your Trailblazer is so equipped. Loosen, but do not remove, the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Place the jack under the lower suspension control arm if changing a front tire or under the rear axle housing if changing a rear tire.

Insert the extension into the jack. Place the jack handle onto the extension and turn it in a clockwise direction until the wheel is off the ground. Finish removing the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Slide the tire from the wheel hub and roll it out of the way. Lift the spare tire onto the wheel hub, making sure to line up the holes with the wheel studs.

Thread the lug nuts, tapered end first, onto the wheel studs by hand to avoid cross-threading. Tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Turn the jack handle in a counterclockwise direction to lower the vehicle. Tighten the lug nuts again in a crisscross pattern with the lug wrench once the tire is on the ground.

Push the tire you have removed from the vehicle under the rear of the vehicle with the valve stem facing upward. Tilt the tire retainer sideways through the center hole of the wheel. Insert the extension back into the hole above the rear bumper. Place the jack handle on the end of the extension and turn it in a clockwise direction until the tire is fully raised and stowed snugly against the bottom of the vehicle. Remove the extension and close the hatch door.

Stow the jack and jacking tools into their proper area. Tighten the knob on the jack in a clockwise direction to secure it. Remove the wheel chocks.

Items you will need

  • 2 wheel chocks

  • Tire jack

  • Jack accessories

  • Spare tire

 How to Change Tires on the Chevrolet Cobalt

Open the trunk of your Colbalt and lift the floor panel, remove it from the trunk and set it aside. Remove the plastic wing nut from the retaining stud in the center of the spare tire.

Lift the jack off the stud and set it on the ground. Lift the spare tire out of the trunk and set it on the ground as well. Move to the flat tire and loosen the lug nuts with the provided lug wrench. It is stowed with the jack and doubles as a jack handle.

Position the jack under the car behind the front wheel or in front of the rear wheel, depending on which you are changing. Raise the jack by turning the jackscrew clockwise with the lug wrench until the tire is off the ground.

Remove the lug nuts from the wheel studs and then remove the wheel and tire from the car. Slide the spare tire onto the studs and then install the lug nuts on the wheel studs.

Lower the jack by turning the jackscrew counterclockwise and then remove the jack from under the car. Tighten the lug nuts on the wheel studs with your lug wrench.

Place the flat tire into the spare tire well in the trunk of the car. Place the jack and jack handle in the spare tire well, sliding it onto the retaining stud in the center of the trunk.

Thread the plastic wing nut onto the retaining stud and then position the floorboard back in the trunk.

Items you will need

  • Lug wrench

  • Jack

  • Spare tire

 How to Change a Tire on a Chevrolet Express Van

Retrieve the jack, lug wrench and jack handle from the passenger's side, rear corner of the van. You will find them located inside the door, when you open the rear door.

Locate the two sections of extensions in the jack kit and connect them together. Insert the extensions through the hole in the rear bumper of the van, attach the jack handle to them and turn them counterclockwise to lower the spare tire to the ground.

Position the jack under the vehicle on the jacking point closest to the flat tire. There are several jacking points specified by the manufacturer: If you are jacking under the rear of the vehicle, use the axle housing to lift the van; for the front, use the frame rail, just behind the rear of the front tire. Raise the jack until it makes slight contact with the vehicle, but do not raise the van yet.

Loosen the lug nuts on the wheel with the flat tire using your lug wrench. Raise the jack until the tire is completely off the ground, and remove the flat tire and wheel from the van. Install the new tire onto the wheel studs and attach the lug nuts, tightening them by hand for now.

Lower the jack until the tire is on the ground, and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Attach the flat tire to the hoist under the rear of the van, and insert the extensions back into the hole in the bumper. Engage the hoist and turn the extensions clockwise using the jack handle, until the tire is sitting tightly against the body of the van.

Replace the jack, extensions and lug wrench back into the rear of the van, so that you will have them available in the future, should it become necessary.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack handle

  • Lug wrench

  • Spare tire

 How to Change a Tire on a 2004 Chevy Tahoe

Accessing the Tools and Spare Tire

Open the liftgate.

Pull the release lever on the left trim panel and open the panel door.

Turn the wing nut holding the vehicle tool kit counterclockwise and remove the kit.

Turn the knob holding the jack counterclockwise and remove the bottle jack.

Connect the two jack extension handles.

Attach the wheel wrench to the end of the jack handle.

Insert the open end of the jack handle into the hole located in the center of the rear bumper. Push it through until it connects to the hoist shaft, which is in the rear compartment above the spare tire.

Lower the spare tire to the ground by turning the wheel wrench counterclockwise.

Pull up the retaining clip in the center of the spare to release it from the cable.

Changing the Tire

Pry off the center cap of the flat tire. Use the flat end of the wheel wrench.

Loosen the lug nuts with the wheel wrench. Do not remove them.

Position the bottle jack with the head under the frame of the vehicle. If you are changing a front tire, the jacking position is located behind the wheel well where the frame overlaps. For a rear tire, the jacking position is located directly behind the wheel well. If you have difficulty locating the jacking positions, your owner's manual has a diagram you can refer to.

Raise the vehicle with the jack. For front tires, you need to use only one jack extension and the wheel wrench. For rear tires, you will need to use both jack extensions and the wheel wrench.

Unscrew the lug nuts and remove them.

Pull off the old tire.

Position the spare tire on the wheel. Line up the holes with the wheel bolts.

Screw the lug nuts onto the spare by hand.

Lower the vehicle to the ground.

Tighten the lug nuts with the wheel wrench.

Items you will need

  • Spare tire

  • Jack

  • Jack extensions

  • Wheel wrench

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