If your car is due for new tires and wheels, the replacement process is relatively simple. However, you need to make sure that it is done correctly to avoid problems later.
The following tips will guide you in installing your new set of tires and wheels:
- Check tire positions – Note what kind of tires you have before installing them. If you have directional tires, bear in mind that they are designed to spin in just one direction. You cannot position them the other way around. If you are installing asymmetrical tires, look for a sign that indicates “this side out.” Installing either of these types of tires the wrong way can damage them. You can avoid mistakes by setting each set of wheels out in the proper position in advance, just as they do for racetrack pit stops.
- Install new pairs of tires on the rear axle – It is common to replace tires in pairs. When you have a pair of new tires, you should install them on the rear axle. The pair with shallower tread should go on the front axle. Placing the tires with deeper tread on the rear axle will make the vehicle easier to control.
- Find the correct procedure for removing your tires and wheels in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
- When removing the old wheels and tires from your vehicle, break the bolts or nuts loose before raising the vehicle. Use hand tools when removing the old wheels and tires. Do not use an impact wrench as it could damage the studs or lugs.
- When raising your vehicle, do it slowly with a jack. Once lifted, support the vehicle with a jack stand. Make sure to use your jack on a flat surface.
- Test fit the wheels in their final position. Check for the proper fit and look for damages in wheel bolts or lug studs.
- Check if the wheel fits flat against the hub of the vehicle.
- Clear any rust or dirt that may have accumulated on the mounting surface of the drum and the brake rotors.
Installing new tires and wheels the proper way will ensure optimal performance and longevity.