Friday, September 29, 2017

Advices for tire change

Twice a year most motorists ask the same question: Do I change the tires on my own or should I choose the easy way and go to a car workshop? We made a collection of some useful advices for both variants.

Tire change in a car workshop – the complete service

Whoever wants to make it easy for oneself should choose the car workshop option. The professionals not only change the tires, but also care about the correct storage of complete wheels including visual inspection for damage, tire and rim cleaning as well as increase of the tire pressure. They will also take care for the important balancing of the wheels. Note: For vehicles with direct Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), the visit of the car workshop is imperative because the sensors in the tires need to be checked.

Private tire change – the individual solution

With enough time and the right equipment, it is not a big challenge to change the tires on your own. Only for the balancing of the wheels, a visit to the car workshop is inevitable. The following tools are required:

  • a wheel wrench or spider wrench to loosen the wheel nuts or bolts
  • a (trolley-)jack
  • (wax) chalk for marking the wheels (for example FL for front left)
  • torque wrench to tighten the wheel nuts or bolts: The value must be adjusted precisely and can be found in the manual. After a distance of about 50 to 100 kilometers, the tightening torque should be rechecked.

During the change, you have to make sure not to forget important additional work such as visual inspection for damage and checking of the tire pressure of the mounted and the stored wheels. For the visual appearance, a thorough cleaning of the rims and a refreshment of the tires (without the cap) can be carried out, too. In addition, it is a good time to take a close look at the brakes (discs, linings), drive shift joints, shock absorbers and axle parts and to remove greasy residues. TIP: For all contact surfaces (wheel hubs, wheels) and the nuts or bolts, we recommend our Brake Anti-Seize to prevent rust and corrosion.

Changing the tires on the rim

Many vehicle owners do not replace the complete wheel, but only the tires. In this case, although a visit to a car workshop is usually inevitable, many steps can nevertheless be done individually. For example, the wheels can already be completely disassembled, cleaned and checked, so that the car workshop only changes the tire on the rim and balances the wheels. It is also possible to store the old tires individually.