Lug Wrench: How To Use It When Removing Lug Nuts and Tires
When doing a repair, replacement, or maintenance of your tires, it is important that you know how to remove the lug nuts and tires safely. This is a skill that everyone should know. Lug wrench is the tool you'll need in order to do this task. Knowing how to properly use this tool will save you a lot of time. So, here's a guide on how to remove your tires and lug nuts using a lug wrench.
Things you'll need:
- Wheel chocks or stone blocks
- Jack stands
- Lug wrench
- Lug nut key (if applicable)
- Breaker bar and proper socket (optional)
- Rubber gloves
Step 1: Make sure to park your vehicle on a level surface to prevent your vehicle from moving unnecessarily. A well-ventilated area will help you work comfortably as well.
Step 2: Prepare the tools and materials needed for this DIY job, and wear your rubber gloves for protection.
Step 3: Use your lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts before jacking up your vehicle. Do this by turning the lug wrench counterclockwise. Remember that your tires will rotate uselessly when you opt to loosen the lug nuts when your vehicle is jacked up already.
Step 4: Remove the lug nut trim caps by unscrewing them and pulling them off. Remove the hubcap or wheel cover as well.
Step 5: Pry the grooved edge of your wheel, and insert the tapered end of your lug wrench.
Step 6: Make sure to engage your parking brake. Place the wheel chocks or stone blocks on the opposite side from the one you're working on.
Step 7: Jack up your vehicle. Make sure to check your vehicle's manual for the right jacking points. Remember that every model has different jacking points to follow.
Step 8: Safely remove the lug nuts by turning your lug wrench counterclockwise. Be careful because you tire might slightly shift while removing the last two lug nuts.
Step 9: Now, carefully and cautiously pull off the tire (straight towards you) until it is completely off the wheelbase. When you find it difficult to remove, just put back three lug nuts partially, and tap it gently using a hammer. This will break the tire free already, so remove the lug nuts and try to pull off the tire again.
Step 10: You may now replace the tire, reverse the removal process in order to install the replacement tire. Repeat the steps for the other tires.
If your vehicle is equipped with locking lug nuts, you need to use a lug nut key in order for you to remove them. If this is your first time to do a DIY, we recommend you to watch videos of how to remove lug nuts and tires. This will help you assess if you can do it by yourself or you need help from a professional. If you find it difficult to remove the lug nuts just by using a lug wrench, you may opt to use a breaker bar.