How to Change a Tire

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Knowing how to change a tire is an invaluable skill when replacing your own tires or when you find yourself out on the road with a flat. Learn more about changing your tires and how often to change car tires below with this quick and easy guide from our service team. We have plenty of car-buying tips for Beaverton and Tigard drivers and beyond.



Changing Your Honda Tires Yourself

You’ll need a jack, lug wrench, your owner’s manual, and a spare tire or new tire(s) if you’re looking to change your tire(s) yourself. Here’s how:

  1. If you’re on the side of the road near West Portland, move to a safe place and turn on your hazard lights.
  2. Wherever you are, apply the parking brake and wheel wedges under the other tires.
  3. Remove the wheel cover or hubcap from the tire, then loosen the lug nuts.
  4. Use the jack to raise your vehicle and remove the lug nuts.
  5. Remove the current tire and mount the new or spare tire.
  6. Tighten the lug nuts, then lower your vehicle back to the ground.

How Often Should You Change Car Tires?

How often to change car tires depends on factors like tread wear, how often you drive, and how you drive. If you rotate your tires regularly, your tires will experience more even tread over time and will likely last longer overall compared to tires that aren’t rotated as often or not at all. We can easily help Tualatin drivers rotate their tires during their next oil change.

How to Put Air in Your Tires

The air pressure in your tires also plays a big factor in your vehicle’s performance, especially when it comes to fuel efficiency. Many gas stations let you fill up your tires for free, and it’s easy to find a rechargeable air pump online or have one installed in your garage. Drivers can check their driver’s manual or the bottom of the doorframe on the driver’s side of their car. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on refilling the air in your tires:

  • Park your vehicle by the air dispenser and ensure that the hose can reach each tire.
  • Remove the cap on the tire valve of the given tire you’re about to fill.
  • Check the air pressure in the tire by using your tire gauge. It’s helpful to do this at home, even if you head to the gas station to fill your tires. Tires can heat up when you drive and cause the air inside to expand. This can provide a false reading.
  • Use the air hose to add small amounts of air in short bursts while checking the tire gauge each time.

How Many Miles Can You Go on a Spare Tire?

Spares aren’t meant to be driven on for very long, and we highly recommend getting your tire(s) replaced as soon as possible. Spares are only meant as an emergency measure, and they can generally only be driven on for 50 miles. We recommend making an appointment with our service center as soon as you’re able to.

Choose Our Service Center for Your Next Tire Rotation/Change

You have a better idea now about how to change a tire, and our team can help your vehicle with a variety of common services and repairs. If you’re looking for a professional service center to change or rotate your tires, choose us in Hillsboro. Contact our service team today to learn more about your options. We offer service specials and serving financing options!


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