Each year the amount of vehicle owners increases in numbers, in its turn this stimulates increase in tire installation procedures.
Tires are actually present everywhere – from small lawnmowers to huge trucks.
The matter is that from time to time tires need renovation, which means that you need to know how to replace old broken tires with new ones.
Remember that if you are not a workshop master, you shouldn’t experiment with installation tires on passenger cars and, moreover, trucks on your own.
However, when it goes about a wheelbarrow or a bike, you can manage it by yourself if you take into consideration some useful tips.
Tire Installation Tips for Home Installation
- Make sure than the tire you are planning to mount is of the same size as the previous tire. Besides, it should have the same characteristics: width, tread width and depth, distance from the outer side of the tire to the wheel. Use only proper tires to secure safety and reliability.
- Fix the wheel tightly in a horizontal position. Mounting tires task will be simpler if you adjust a rack or a prop at your convenience.
- Inspect the rim carefully for dents and cracks.
- Use a tire pump to add the necessary amount of air to the inner tube.
- Powder the inner surface of the tire with corn scratch.
- Pour a bit into the tire and rotate it to coat the whole surface.
- Press valve stem of the tube to the hole in the wheel.
- Push half of the tire over the rim and into the wheel.
- Fix the valve stem so that it doesn’t slip out.
- Insert the other side of the tire onto the wheel.
- Inflate slowly.
- Check if the beads on the right and on the left are seated in a proper condition.
- Inflate tires to the pressure, specified by manufacturer.
Tips for Tire and Wheel Workshop Installation
- Place your vehicle on a flat surface.
- Loose and remove bolts or lug nuts with the help of a power wrench. Be careful not to damage lugs and studs.
- Use a jack to lift your vehicle and support it with the help of jack stands.
- Remove old wheels and tires.
- Check each wheel for proper fit in final position and in hub. If necessary, use a centering ring. Make sure that the wheel has a complete contact to the mounting surface.
- Verify that lug and bolt thread sizes match. Don’t use any tools, do it by hand.
- Snug down lug nuts and bolts and install the wheel to check disk brake caliper clearance. The normal clearance is 3-4 mm.
- Switch neutral transmission and turn each wheel manually to avoid any contact between the wheel and the disk brake caliper.
- Remove the wheel.
- Apply a small amount of anti-size around axle hubs.
- Fix the wheel carefully by tightening the lugs with a special torque wrench.
Detailed instructions can be found in the vehicle manual.
All in all, it should be stressed that tires commonly have a rather short lifespan and the aforementioned tips might help you in tire installation.
You don’t need any particular skills to mount new tires after removing old tires. Your first try may take some time, but with practice, you’ll be able to speed up the process.
FAQs on Tire Installation
Which way do you put tires on?
Directional tyres are marked on the side, i.e. on the tyre’s sidewall. You will see the word “Rotation” or “Direction” written here. Next to it, there is a small arrow which indicates the tyre’s forward direction (rolling direction).
Do tires need to be balanced when installed?
Regardless of the brand, all new tires that will be used on the road should be balanced, without exception.
What happens if you put directional tires on the wrong way?
A directional tire is, quite simply, a tire that is engineered to roll in only one direction. If mounted incorrectly, a directional tire cannot be expected to work properly in wet or wintry conditions. If mounted improperly, directional tires may also wear irregularly and prematurely, and produce excessive road noise.
Can you mount a tire yourself?
It’s possible to install your own tires. Of course, you need the right equipment which can be expensive and the know how. While some may argue that installing your own tires can save you money, it’s definitely a job that’s better left to your tire shop or service center professionals.
How much does tire installation cost?
There’s usually a standard fee for this service, which is called mounting and balancing. This fee will vary depending on the tire size, your area and the tire installation shop you choose, but it can range from $15 to $45 per tire.