New tires come with a lot of expense and if you go with tire installation, then the cost increases even more. To avoid putting extra money on installation, you can easily install your new tires over your wheels, if you have the right tools and knowledge of how to install and balance new tires.
In this article, we will share the experience that we have learned in our lifetime of changing and balancing our car tires. Although for someone, it may be time-consuming and hard stuff, it is a good skill to acquire and helpful if you have to deal with your tires on your own sometime in the future.
Dismounting old tire
If you are not buying your new tire with new wheels, then you have to dismount old tires from the wheel. We have written a separate article on how you can dismount tires by hand and if you have a machine as well. For brief information just apply lubricant to soften the bead, then put your tires on the machine, and let the machine do its job. It is important to deflate your tires before dismounting them to protect your tire or your wheels from extra damage.
Clean up rims
Tires sit on wheels for around years or so, it is better to clean up your wheel before pouting new tires over them. You should clean up the edges of the rims where tires sit, the lug nuts, and the rust and other materials if they are appearing on your wheels. Applying wheel shiner oil bring back the new shine to your wheels, which will make your car tires look more luxurious.
Put on new tires
Once you have removed your old tires and you have cleaned your wheel, then you have to remove the valve stem first. After that apply bead lubricants on the tire and wheel edges. Now if you have a machine, then the process is so simple: just put the tire over the machine, align one side of the tire on the wheel, and start the machine. You have to completely reverse the process of removing the tire to fit back the tire over the wheel by whichever method you are utilizing.
if you don’t have machine then check this video:
Unbalanced tires are a sign of early wear, accidental ride, and also uncomfortable drive. If you feel a vibration on your steering wheel while driving or your steering wheel is not staying straight in one direction, then you should know that your tires either have balancing issues or alignment issues.
For the rear wheel, the vibration can be felt in the back seats, or you have to push the accelerator harder to gain speed. Whichever tires have a balancing issue, you can easily fix it. You can easily fund a manual tire balancer machine which will tell you from which side the tire is unbalanced so that you can fix the bead over that side.
Alignment of new tires
Although tire alignment is not necessary when putting in new tires. However, it is always better to check your wheel alignments before starting your ride. You can check or judge your car alignment by driving your car and see if the car is moving and is not going in a straight direction when you have a straight steering wheel. It is quite hard to fix wheel alignments by yourself, which is why it is better to check your alignment issues with professionals.
Installing tires can be a tricky process, however, with the right information you can save a lot of money over time. In the initial stages, we would recommend that you should watch the real tire installation process, This will give you an idea and real-life experience, which will be very helpful if you at anytime in the future may change/install your tires on your own.