How to mount a tyre yourself
If you’re a keen fan of F1, then you’ll know just how fast the average wheel change can be.
We’re not saying that at Protyre we’re quite that quick, but there are a few good reasons why tyre mounting is a job best left to the professionals.
Tyre mounting is the process where a new tyre is placed on to the wheel rim assembly before being replaced on the axle. If you want to have a go at it yourself, you’ll need a range of equipment, including a manual tyre changing machine, an air compressor and a tyre balancer. It’s essential that your tyres are mounted and balanced correctly, however. Otherwise they won’t perform at their very best and your road safety can be compromised.
Mount and Balance Your Tyres SafelyAt Protyre we always ensure that our machines are maintained and inspected to the highest standards, but if you’re doing it yourself it’s important to copy the professionals and use the correct safety gear, including safety glasses and steel-toe-capped footwear.
Next you need to make sure you have the proper size tyre for your wheel rim to avoid injury when you come to inflate your tyres. Now make sure the wheel itself is in good condition and that the rim isn’t misshapen or deformed, because any compromises to the rim structure can result in problems later.
Keep your fingers away from the bead seat area, as it’s easy to get them trapped between the rim and the bead. And if the beads won’t seat properly, don’t ever force the issue. Instead, contact the manufacturer. Faulty mounting can lead to mechanical failure with very serious consequences.
Getting It RightMounting tyres by hand is achievable, but it takes a great deal of effort, care and precision to get it right. The steps themselves are relatively straightforward, but having the right equipment makes tyre mounting a breeze.
If you choose to do it yourself, you’ll need to be particularly careful that you don’t damage the bead, so don’t just barge in with brute force and ignorance. Care and precision will help you get the job done properly. Never use grease to lubricate your tyres, as this can cause them to become unbeaded when cornering.
Once you’ve mounted your tyres using either tyre irons and body weight or a manual machine, you’ll need to balance your tyres. Again, you can invest in a wheel balancer or use trial and error to correctly position your tyre weight. Balancing is essential to distribute weight evenly around the wheel and is part and parcel of the tyre mounting process.
Trust the ExpertsThere are some jobs you can do yourself, but mounting a tyre is best left to the professionals. You can book in at any of our Protyre local garages, where we’ll use modern technology to get the job done in a fraction of the time.
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Our mechanics are all fully trained and are skilled in using the most up-to-date machinery to get the job done quickly and efficiently. If you need tyres mounting and balancing, then get in touch with us at Protyre - the local garage you can trust.
About the author
Dean is a Regional Director for Protyre who is also responsible for the running of our Protech Academy. The Protech Academy is a centre of excellence where the Protyre team learn the latest mechanical knowledge and skills, gain qualifications and develop their expertise to share with our customers at their local garage. The Academy is also designed to help us stay ahead of the ever changing automotive market by ensuring we have the best skills available to deal with advanced driver assist systems, hybrid/ electric vehicles in addition to all the new technology finding their way into our vehicles. During Dean's career he has worked for some of the biggest names in the fast-fit and mechanical aftermarket and as the man responsible for developing our people and their mechanical skills he is ideally suited to help provide advice in the latest in car technology and ongoing maintenance of your vehicle no matter how new or old it maybe.