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  1. step : Chocking the Wheel (1:00)
    • Drive the car slowly to a flat, safe area
    • Put the car in park and put on the emergency brake
    • Put a brick or flat rock on both sides of the tire opposite the flat tire
  2. step : Retrieving the Jack (1:59)
    • Twist off the spare tire bolt
    • Lift up the spare tire cover
    • Check the pressure of the spare tire
    • Pull out the spare tire
    • Loosen the thumbscrew off the jack kit
    • Pull out the jack kit
  3. step : Removing the Wheel (3:05)
    • Loosen the lug nut covers with the lug wrench
    • Pull off the hub cap
    • Loosen the lug nuts with the wheel on the ground
    • Stand on the lug wrench if necessary to loosen the nuts
    • Place the jack under the pinch weld on the frame
    • Raise the jack using the lug wrench
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Slide off the wheel
    • If the wheel doesn't come off easily, thread one lug nut on and kick the tire with your heel
  4. step : Installing the Spare Tire (7:01)
    • Slide on the spare tire
    • Thread the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminary
    • Lower the jack using the lug wrench
    • Tighten the lug nuts in a crossing or star pattern
    • Stand on the lug wrench if necessary to tighten the nuts
    • Check that the lug nuts are tight
  5. step : Storing the Jack (9:18)
    • Put the jack kit into the trunk
    • Fasten the thumbscrew onto the jack kit
    • Store the flat tire into the trunk until you can have it repaired

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we're just going to give you a tutorial on doing a roadside tire change. This vehicle is a 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo. A lot of the jack and tools and stuff in this vehicle are the same for many GM vehicles for this era, and the first part of it is when you realize you have a flat tire, pull off to a safe area. It's better to drive a little bit, slowly on the flat tire in order to get to a safe place to change it, a safe and level place, than trying to just stop where you are and do a tire change without finding a level place. If you find yourself with a flat tire, the best thing to do is drive slowly to a safe, level place that's out of the way of traffic.

Once you've found that safe, level place, shut your car off, make sure it's in park, and make sure to set the emergency brake. You get out of your car, and you notice that your right rear, or passenger rear, tire is flat. It's always a good idea to carry something like this. It's a lighter brick. Carry a brick. If you don't have anything like that in your car, roadside you can always find good rocks. You'll want to chock both sides of the opposite wheel. Our right rear is flat, our left front we'll put the brick in there, and you want to make sure you don't get a round rock, or round branches don't really work either, because they can actually . round items, when the wheel rolls, the wheel can push out of the way. It's better to get something square, or something that you can really wedge in underneath the tire.

The jack and spare tire will vary by car, but in this Monte Carlo it's right here in our trunk. We undo this circular bolt, lift up this panel, and here's our spare tire. It's a good idea on occasion to come in here and check the pressure on this tire. The worst thing that could happen is you'd have a flat tire, and then you come in here and your spare tire is flat. At the very least, come in here, press down on it, make sure it's nice and firm. Best idea is to check the pressure; but here's the tire. Lift it out, and pretty typical of a lot of these GMs is a scissor jack and a combination lug wrench as well as the jack activator. Take that out. The jack comes right out.

So now we're here at our tire. You can bring this right along with you to hold your stuff, and this is, like I said, it's a combination activator for the jack as well as a lug wrench. This car has a hubcap. A lot of times on GM cars you'll have these plastic safety caps. You just take your little activator and either remove these caps fully, or on this case, these caps stay in the hubcap and hold the hubcap on. That one came out. I'm just lightly pulling on the hubcap, and then it comes off. With your wheel still on the ground, and the front blocks chocked, you want to loosen up these lug nuts. This is designed to be a wrench, too, and you can do that. You will need some more strength. Put it on here, so this is nice and flat. Grab hold of the car and put your foot on it, and do that to get some leverage. You just want to loosen these up a little bit, just so you know you can get them off.

Our lug nuts are loose. These jacks are usually designed to work a certain way. You can see that there's a line right here that's actually designed. You can look right down under here. There's a pinch weld right here. This part of the jack goes right in the pinch weld. Now all I'm doing is I'm turning this bolt here by hand, which raises the jack, and I'll put it underneath. Spin it up until you can get that pinch weld right on it.

Now this is probably the most time-consuming part of the whole thing. You're going to use your wrench, and it's designed to do this. Go half a turn, spin it back; half a turn, and spin it back. I'm going to fast-forward here as we jack the car up, and you want to jack it up to a point where the wheel is nice and free, and it spins freely, so it'll come off easily.

Now you can just remove your lug nuts the rest of the way. If you got to a point, you have your lug nuts off . and you can see I still have one on, but that's just to show you this . but if your lug nuts are off and your wheel seems to be stuck on, best idea is kick with your heel. You can put a hand on the car, and kick right at the top. Don't try and kick with your toe, you'll probably break your foot. Kick with your heel on the top, and it might even be a good idea to have one lug nut on, just a couple threads, so if it pops off the wheel doesn't go flying off and hurt you.

Put the tire down so it doesn't roll away, and obviously put the spare tire on. You're just going to rotate it until all the studs line up with the holes, and then you just want to put your lug nuts on by hand first. Just use your little lug wrench and tighten them, just by using this part of it. Now you can lower your car back down, and usually lowering is a little easier, so you can try and do it this way. If not, just use the same method. Bring it down, and bring your jack all the way down so it goes back in the little carrier. Now use your wrench and tighten. Again, if you're a lighter or smaller person, then also I'm tightening these I started on this one, go to this one, and basically do a star pattern . but if you're a lighter person and you want to make sure you get it tight enough, you can always stand on the wrench. You want to make sure you get them nice and tight. I like to just go around, just right around in order, and check to make sure they're tight.

For now, you can put your jack back away; and for now, you just have to put your tire in the trunk so that you can get it fixed.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Floor Jack
  • Jack Stands

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Brick

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Lug Wrench


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