Whether you are serving in the military, or are driving as a member of the public, the Jeep Wrangler is an awesome 4×4. This is a short guide on how to change the military tires on a Jeep to help you out should you ever get a flat tire whilst out on the road or on active service. You will need a jack and lug wrench to perform this tire change – but both come as standard in both civilian and military models of this vehicle so make sure you still have yours (located in the rear compartment).
Step 1: The first thing that you will need to do is to unlock and lower the rear tailgate of your Jeep Wrangler. As standard, each Jeep has a jack and lug wrench contained within the rear storage box compartment. Take these tools out and lay them next to the wheel so you can have them within easy reach when changing your military grade tires.
Step 2: Now take the lug wrench and loosen up the nuts on the wheel which needs a tire change. Make sure you don’t loosen them completely, as at this point all you need to do is make sure that they are loose and can be turned freely using your finger and thumb. Once you have done this, place the jack underneath the axle tube next to the flat tire you are looking to change.
Step 3: Next thing required is to start turning the screw on the jack handle until the point that the military tire is lifting off the ground. Before you do this, please ensure that the military Jeep is on a flat surface for safety reasons. Once the tire is in the air you can fully remove the lug nuts by unscrewing them off the wheel studs. Once all nuts are removed, you can pull the tire straight off the Jeep Wrangler with a little bit of necessary force.
Step 4: Now you can get the spare tire. As all Jeep drivers know, this is located on the back of the Jeep and is in a tire holder. Again, you will need to use the lug wrench in order to remove it, although don’t worry about loosening the nuts – simply take them straight off. Once you have the spare tire in your hands you can slide it onto the wheel studs where the old tire was. When it’s in place, loosely tighten the lug nuts back on using your fingers as tight as they will go. This is just done to hold the tire in place temporarily before tightening it all up properly using your tools.
Step 5: Now lower the jack down until the tire is back onto the ground. Once in place, tighten up the lug nuts using your Jeep wrench and then take the jack out from underneath the vehicle and put it back into the rear storage compartment.
Step 6: If you want to keep the flat tire that you have replaced then place it onto the tire carrier on the back of the Jeep. Now simply tighten the lug nuts back onto it.
Safety Tip: If you are attempting a tire change on a military Jeep whilst on the road, make sure that you switch on your hazard warning lights before you even start to jack up your Jeep.
About the author: Marc Chili is one of the team behind the Coupon Chili website. Coupon Chili have a partnership with Tire Rack to offer discount codes on new tires which can be shipped to military APO and FPO addresses. Please visit Coupon Chili to find out more about Tire Rack military discount if you are looking to buy new tires for any form of military vehicle this year.