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Tips for mounting your winter/summer tyres/tires

Seems a good time to pass this on. If you have tips to add, please do.
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Both fitting wheels and driving round on them after fitting is potentially very dangerous. If you are in anyway unsure seak professional advice. The information contained here is a guide and cannot be used in court, I and EF take no responsibility etc. etc.



First off we are assuming you already have a set of 4 of each as complete wheels (8 in all excluding the spare).

Somewhere around early November to about the end of March is when you will need your winter tyres. The rubber compound performs better for winter tyres when the temperature is 8°C and lower. Running winter tyres in summer will wear them down quickly and winter tyres are often noisier due to the more extreme tread pattern.

Tools:
  • Car's standard jack
  • Car's standard wheel nut spanner /wrench
  • Pair of old garden gloves (to preserve your nails)
  • Torque wrench. (I paid about CHF90 for mine from Coop Bau & Hobby. Drehmomentenschlüssel in German.)
  • Car's hand book for jack mounting points and wheel-nut torsion figure (measured in ft/lbs or Newtons)
  • Chalk: optional for marking the tyres (I write in the brake dust on the inside of the wheel hubs)

Before you start check that the wheels you are going to mount all have tyres with air in them.

How to to it:
  • [1] Ensure car is in gear, hand brake on and on a flat surface with access all round and good light.
  • [2] Loosen wheel nuts on first wheel just enough so the nuts turn. (This avoids sharp movements when the car is on the jack.)
  • [3] Jack car up near that wheel using the jacking position shown in the car's manual.
  • [4] Loosen wheel nuts further until they come off. It's good practice to loosen and tighten opposite (or with 5 nuts, near opposite) nuts, rather than side by side.
  • [5] When all nuts are removed and the wheel is just off the ground, the wheel should come off easily. If it does need some persuasion ensure that the jack is firm first and avoid putting any part of your body under the car.
  • [6]Optionally at this point you may like to spray oil or WD -40 in the thread holes to help with movement and against rust.
  • [7]With the wheel off, mark where it came from in chalk on the inside side of the tyre (or as I do in the dust of the inside hub). I use R/R R/L F/R F/L (right/rear etc.)
  • [8] Mount the winter (or summer if it's spring) wheel ensuring that you are replacing the correct wheel. If the replacement wheels are not marked, check for rotation arrows (especially with winter tyres).
  • [9] You may find the jack need raising slightly to get the replacement wheel lined up.
  • [10] Tighten nuts until they will not rotate.
  • [11] Lower jack and with jack removed finally tighten wheel nuts using the torque wrench and the 'opposite nut' method above.

Simply repeat the above for all wheels. The whole job takes me less than 25 minutes.

Once the wheels are mounted drive carefully to your nearest filling station and check that the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure.
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Re: Tips for mounting your winter/summer tyres/tires

Wow. You learnt how to create a thread at last. Congrats!
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Re: Tips for mounting your winter/summer tyres/tires

Figured if I could change wheels, I could start threads...
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Re: Tips for mounting your winter/summer tyres/tires

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Figured if I could change wheels, I could start threads...
You should create a handy guide like the one above on the topic of "starting threads" for Fonduella...
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Re: Tips for mounting your winter/summer tyres/tires

Blimmin eck, that's impressive! Not that I am going to stop using gommobil to come to my house and do it for me though... unless you do it at a discount.. Hats off to you, you deserve a thumbs up!
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