Tips for Switching Rims on Tires

Knowing some basic tips for switching rims on tires can save you a lot of time when it comes time to do it. Whether you have American tires or foreign tires, you can save money by doing this fairly simple job yourself instead of going to a discount tire store or a mechanic.

To begin, you'll need a few tools. Switching tire rims will require you to have a tire lever, a car jack and a socket set. Next, double check that your new rims match with your car's tire's size and weight specifications.

Using the car jack, lift the wheel off the ground and deflate the tire. Deflating the tire will allow you to easily remove the rim from the wheel by adding space between the rim and the tire. Next, take the socket set and use it to remove the fasteners attaching the rim to the car wheel. Keep all of the loose pieces in a safe and secure area.

Using a tire lever, push the rim out from the tire. Do this around the rim in a few places until the rim comes off of the wheel.  Next, you'll need to figure out if the new rim will fit on the tire. If these particular rims don't fit perfectly, they will need to be placed under or over the inside of the tire. Use the socket set to tightly secure the new rim onto the wheel. Repeat this process for the other three tires.

Of course, if you're not completely comfortable with switching rims on tires yourself, have a mechanic or tire discounter employee do it for you.  You should also see a mechanic if you need to replace a tire completely. Because the job requires specific (and expensive) machinery, it is nearly impossible for the average person to do this alone.

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