How to Change a Car Tire

Change a Car Tire

Knowing how to change a car tire is essential to anyone driving on the highway. Even if you have roadside assistance, you can often switch out a flat tire for your spare before help arrives. It’s a pretty simple process, no matter how challenging it may seem. All you need is a jack, a wrench, a spare tire, and your owner’s manual. We here at Heritage Mitsubishi know the simplest way to change a car tire!

  1. Pull off to the side of the road. Straight, level roadways are ideal
  2. Pop off your hubcap and loosen each lug nut. Don’t remove them altogether and leave the car on the ground. You may need the leverage.
  3. Jack up the car about half a foot. Consult your owner’s manual to see where the jack should be placed on your particular vehicle.
  4. Remove the lug nuts and keep them in a secure place so you don’t lose them.
  5. Remove the flat tire by pulling straight away from the car.
  6. Line up your spare tire with the lug nut posts then push the tire in as far as it will go.
  7. Replace the bolts but don’t tighten them just yet.
  8. Lower the car to the ground.
  9. Tighten the lug nuts, replace the hubcap, and you’re done!

How to Jump Start a Car

Jump Start a Car

24/7 roadside assistance comes standard with most new vehicle purchases these days, and that leaves a decently-sized knowledge gap. While roadside assistance can be nice, more often than not you can perform the maintenance yourself before help arrives. Jump starting a car is one of the easier do-it-yourself maintenance tasks. If you don’t know how, don’t fret. We here at Heritage Mitsubishi know the fastest way to jump start a car!

  1. Start off by identifying the battery terminals and jumper cables. The positive terminals and cables are red while the negative terminals and cables are black.
  2. Attach one end of the positive (red) cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Attach the other end to the positive terminal of the live battery.
  3. Attach one end of the negative (black) cable to the live battery’s negative terminal.
  4. The other end of the negative cable attaches to an unpainted piece of metal beneath the hood. Jumping posts and unpainted engine bolts are perfect spots.
  5. Make sure the cables are secure and start the car with the live battery. Let it idle for a few minutes.
  6. Try starting the car with the dead battery. If it starts, let both cars idle. If it doesn’t, wait a few more minutes and try again.
  7. Once both cars are running, disconnect the cables in the opposite order you attached them.