Tire changes are necessary!
For many car owners, the changeover from winter to summer tires is approaching every spring. You can do this on your own if you wish. All you need is a little skill and the appropriate tools. A checklist can be found at the bottom of this page.
It is also worthwhile to take a look at the manual in advance. There you will find information such as the jack of the vehicle.
Step 1 - remove old wheel
- Park your vehicle on a flat surface.
- Engage the handbrake and a gear.
- Loosen the wheel bolts with the wheel cross.
- Put the jack in the right place. Now raise the car so far that the wheel you want to change is just in the air. If you do not trust the jack, you can additionally secure the car with support.
- Now remove the wheel bolts with the crosswise. Turn the wheel so that the top-mounted screw holds the wheel to the end. Carefully put the wheel out to the front.
- If necessary, clean the support surface with a brake cleaner or a wire brush.
Immediately after dismantling, mark each wheel with chalk or crayon so you know where to put it back at the start of the season. (Eg. "FR" for front right, etc.)
Step 2 - mount new wheel
- For many car tires, the direction is specified. If your tires have an appropriate indication, be careful when fitting the new wheel.
- First tighten the screws crosswise with the wheel-cross again.
- Then lower the vehicle so far that the tire is just resting on the ground.
- Tighten the screws with the torque wrench. To do this, you must first set this to the tightening torque specified by the manufacturer. The specification can be found in the manual.
Make sure you check the air pressure of all tires. By prolonged storage, the tires usually lose air.
What you should have on-board for a tire change
Tire change checklist:
- Safety vest
- Spare wheel with sufficient air pressure
- Good wheel cross
- Torque wrench
- Working gloves