While this probably doesn't happen often, you may have to change your tyres on your own occasionally. Knowing how to operate each component of the tyre will help you change it more easily. While changing tyres has many steps, removing the lug nuts is crucial to a successful effort. This guide is designed to help you learn how to release the lug nuts on your car's tyres without having to try too hard.
Park Your Car On An Even Surface And Apply The Parking Brakes
Before attempting to remove the lug nuts from the tyres, be sure to park your car on an even surface and apply the parking brakes. This will prevent your vehicle from moving forward or backward when you attempt to loosen the nuts. Remove the hubcaps before loosening the lug nuts. Most hubcaps come with scoops or indentations. You can get your fingers through these to pry your hubcaps loose from the tyres.
Loosen The Lug Nuts When The Tyre Is On The Ground
You will need to place the end of the tyre iron firmly around each lug nut. Use this tyre iron to loosen all the lug nuts in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction, depending on how your lug nuts have been placed on the tyres. You may need to try both directions before figuring out which one loosens the lug nuts. If the lug nut is stubborn, you may need to step on the tyre iron to exert extra pressure or you may need to use a lubricant. Don't crank up the car yet because your attempt to release the lug nuts will result in a uselessly spinning tyre with no result. Keep in mind that you will need to remove the trim caps on the lug nuts. They can simply be pulled off in most cases.
Place The Jack Below The Car And Crank It Up
Place the jack below your car and crank it up to a comfortable height or until the tyre is off the ground. Once you have done this, you can loosen the lug nuts and remove them completely from your tyres using the tyre iron or even your bare hands. Keep repeating these steps until all the lug nuts have been removed from your tyre. Once you have figured out how to release the lug nuts properly from your car's tyres, you can now proceed with changing them.
Follow these steps in your quest to release the lug nuts on your car's tyres.