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Buy 3, Get the 4th Free Instantly!
Receive the amount of 1 tire off when 4 are added to cart and scheduled for installation on PepBoys.com. Installation must be completed between 8/18/14 through 9/13/14. Can not be combined with any other offer, coupon or rebate. Valid on select in stock tires only, those tires for which discount is available will be identified in search results, all other tires and special order tires are excluded from this offer. Requires purchase of road hazard warranty and tire installation package which includes valve stems or TPMS reseal kit and balancing.

10% Off Tires
Receive 10% off select tires when scheduled for installation on PepBoys.com and installation is completed between 8/18/14 through 9/13/14. Use promotional code PBY10 at checkout to receive discount OR click here to print this in store coupon and present at time of installation. Cannot be combined with any other offer, coupon or rebate. Valid on select in stock tires only, those tires for which discount is available will be identified in search results, all other tires and special order tires are excluded from this offer. Requires purchase of road hazard warranty and tire installation package which includes valve stems or TPMS reseal kit and balancing.

How to Change A Flat Tire

There is nothing worse than being stranded on the side of the highway with a flat tire. While you might prefer to leave changing your flat to a professional, there may be a time you will have to do it yourself.


We recommend being prepared with the right products and knowledge in the event that you need to change your own tire. Here are few things to keep in your car to make this unexpected task a little smoother.

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Avoid that helpless feeling, and learn how to change a flat with these simple steps.

First Things First - Find A Safe Place to Park

Turn your hazard lights on. Pull out of traffic, and find a firm, safe and stable surface to change your tire. If possible, do not park on dirt or grass – your jack may sink into the dirt and become unstable. For safety precautions, avoid hills to prevent your car from rolling.

If you are unable to park in an area where there are no other vehicles, stay safe by setting up any emergency warning devices you may have stored in your vehicle. These include flares, flags, warning lights or triangles so that drivers can see them before they see you.

Secure Your Vehicle

Before you change a flat, turn off your engine and engage the emergency or parking brake. Keep your car from rolling by placing a wheel chock or heavy rock behind the wheels opposite side of the car that’s being raised.

Grab Your Jack, Spare Tire, and Tools

If you’ve never used your jack, spare tire and tools before, consult with your owner’s manual to check where it is located.

After you’ve found these essentials, we recommend you try them out and get familiar with how to use them, so you’re comfortable performing the next few steps in a crunch. Waiting to learn how to use your tools on a dark, rainy night can be zero fun and quite dangerous. We recommend doing a practice run when your tire is not flat so that you can get a feel for how to perform the task.

Loosen the lug nuts slightly – before you jack up your car

  • If your car has a wheel cover (hubcap), remove it first by using a screwdriver or the flat end of the jack handle or lug wrench. Note: On some cars, the wheel cover is held in place by the lug nuts. Leave this style cover on the flat wheel.
  • Use the lug wrench to loosen the lugs nuts by turning the wrench counter clockwise. Hold the wrench firmly and push down. Never pull up on the wrench. If the nuts are too tight, use penetrating oil to loosen them or use your foot to push down on lug wrench.
  • Loosen the lug nuts only one turn. Do not remove the lug nuts at this time.

Pump up your car

Consult with your owners manual for the best place to secure you jack. Follow these directions carefully! Crank your up to at least 6 inches, or however much is need to remove the flat tire. If you notice instability, lower your car to reposition your jack.

Caution: Never place a jack under the axle or suspension member.

Remove the lug nuts and wheel

Use the lug wrench to remove the nuts. Place the lug nuts where you won't lose them like on the inside of your car door. Pull the wheel off and set it aside.

Remove the flat tire

Remove the flat tire with both hands. Pull the tire towards you and place it under the car, just in case your jack is unstable and drops your car. If you have difficulty removing the tire due to rust, hit it with a rubber hammer or use a liquid penetrate to loosen the joints.

Put on your spare

Place your spare tire in front of the wheel well, align it with the wheel bolts, and then add your lug nuts. Turn the lug nuts clockwise by hand as tightly as possible. Then take your wrench and turn the bolt tight enough to secure the tire before lower it to the ground. Do not completely tighten.

Tighten the lug nuts

Use the wrench to tighten the nuts following the sequence directed by your owner's manual. If you do not have an owner's manual follow the sequence as shown.

Note: There are different tightening sequences for 4- and 5-lug wheels. Tightening the nuts in the proper sequence ensures that the wheel mounts properly and that the stress is evenly distributed over the wheel.

Lower your car

Slowly lower your vehicle to the ground. Remove the jack and block. Tighten the nuts as much as possible, in proper sequence.

Caution: Many spare tires are not full-size, normal tires. These smaller spares can't be driven at normal speeds and should only be driven for short distances. Consult your owner's manual for instructions and warnings for driving with a compact spare.