What should I do if I damage my tire on the road?

August 17th, 2017 by

How do I change a flat tire?

Driving is enjoyable and fun, but it can also prove to be dangerous. Every day, drivers everywhere understand the risks associated with being on the road, among other drivers and pedestrians. While the inevitable is just that – inevitable, there are a number of ways you can be prepared for and deal with a mishap on the road. A common occurrence on the road is a flat tire. While this may seem overwhelming and frightening, with the right preparedness, any driver can manage to be well on his way after this incident. How do I change a flat tire? Well, today we’ll answer just that. Read ahead to learn more!

Put on a spare tire in a few easy steps

The process of replacing a flat tire is fairly straightforward. When you feel or realize that your tire may be damaged, pull over to a safe spot as soon as possible. Make sure that there is ample space between you and your vehicle and any oncoming traffic. Once, you have all of this taken care of, follow the steps below.

Items You will need:

  • Vehicle Owner’s Manual
  • Lug Wrench
  • Car Jack
  • Inflated Spare Tire


  1. Place the jack underneath the frame of your car near the damaged tire. Use the lever (Sometimes this is the lug wrench itself) to lift your car until your damaged wheel is off the ground.
  2. At this point, use your lug wrench and loosen and remove the lugnuts from your wheel.
  3. Once your lugs are removed, pull the wheel forward off of your vehicle. It may be somewhat jammed, but in most cases, it will eventually slide off.
  4. Place your spare tire and carefully line up the screws with the holes in your spare. The deep side of your spare tire will be the side facing inwards.
  5. Place the lugs back over the screws. At first, tighten with your hands, and finish the job with your lug wrench.
  6. Place your damaged tire and the supplies back in your trunk. Make sure that you replace your tire as soon as possible. A spare tire is just that a spare. Most spare tires are not rated for use above 50 mph, and can become unsafe after prolonged use.

Turn to Planet Hyundai for Your Tire Care Needs

Once you get your new tire, make sure you keep it in good shape by maintaining proper tire pressure, whether you have a Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Tucson, or any other model out there. Contact us if you need more tire help! Also be sure to learn more about the Hyundai warranty and how to connect your Hyundai to Bluetooth® with our team. We’d also be glad to help you learn what to do when your check engine light is on, or find out about Hyundai Santa Fe towing capacity.

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