How to Mount Tires

Keeping the tires well maintained and properly mounted is very important. After all, you are kept grounded on the road because of those four small rubber patches. For getting the job done right, proper tools and an experienced technician is required toy mount and balance car tires. Here is basic information of what is involved in mounting and balancing tires on a car.

Things Needed

  • Spin balance machine
  • Tire irons or mounting machine
  • Bead breaker


Step 1:

First, let out the air of the tire which is wished to be replaced. For making this quick, use a tire stem removal tool.

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Step 2:

Use a bead breaker to break the bead on the old tire. For maximum bead breaking leverage, press just beyond the rim.

Step 3:

Make sure that you choose a right sized tire for the rim. In case this is not right, then nothing else will be right either. A new valve stem would also have to be put in as well.

Step 4:

For putting the tire on the rim, use a mounting machine or tire irons. Be careful not to damage the tire or the rim during the mounting process. It is possible that the mounting machine may be a part of the spin balance machine, in this case the directions on the mounting machine would have to be followed.

Step 5:

Now, the tire has to be placed into the spin balance machine. The manufacturer’s directions have to be followed and the wheel weight has to be placed where required. A spin balance machine is big equipment and is available at almost every tire shop.

Step 6:

The tires have to be properly inflated now. The vehicle owner’s manual has to be consulted for proper PSI inflation. For avoiding an unsafe condition, check your tire pressure every month.

Step 7:

An alignment is also essential so try to get it. This will help to keep the new tires wearing evenly.

Additional Information

For proper mounting of tires and wheels, be sure to observe some basic precautions:

  • The wheel should not be bent or damaged.
  • There should be no buildup of dirt or mud between the wheel and the hub.
  • The wheel has to be securely seated on the hub.
  • Every lug has to be properly torque.
  • Both tire beads are securely mounted

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