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What is tire mounting and dismounting?

Tire mounting and dismounting are procedures aimed at putting a tire on a wheel or taking a tire off of a wheel. Generally done in reverse order, these are most commonly performed when a new set of tires is needed on a vehicle, although there are other occasions when tire mounting and dismounting might be necessary. The old tires are removed (dismounted) and the new tires are installed (mounted) on the wheels.

How do I know if my tires need to be mounted or dismounted?

Tires only need to be removed and installed when they are being replaced or when there is a problem that requires a tire to be free from the wheel for a service to be performed. Signs that this service might need to be done include

Your tires shows damage that requires replacement or a tread depth of 2/32” or less

A TPMS sensor or valve stem needs to be replaced

A technician needs to clean or repair the wheel where the bead of the tire seats

Your tire has a hole that needs to be patched from the inside

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How is a Tire Mounting and Dismounting done?

The procedures that a technician will follow to remove and install tires on your vehicle vary slightly, depending on the type of vehicle and the profile of the tires. A large truck tire requires a slightly different procedure than a low-profile performance tire does. In general, steps to install new tires include

  • Lift and support the vehicle off of the ground
  • Remove the wheels and tires from the vehicle
  • Remove the valve core to deflate the tire
  • Using the bead breaker of a pneumatic tire machine, break the seal between the tire and the wheel
  • Fix the wheel and tire to the tire machine
  • Use the machine to dislodge or demount the tire from the wheel
  • Lubricate the wheel and the new tire
  • Use the machine to mount the new tire onto the rim
  • Seat the bead against the wheel
  • Install the valve core and inflate to the proper tire pressure Most repair shops pair tire installation with tire balancing. When mounting and balancing, the technician will use a tire balancing machine to offset weight imbalances that naturally occur in the tire and wheel.

OTHER QUESTIONS CUSTOMERS ASK

How long does it take to dismount and mount a tire?
A professional should be able to dismount and mount a tire in about ten minutes. If you are having all four tires replaced or swapped with a different set (like snow tires), it might take forty to forty five minutes. That does not include time to balance the tires. If your vehicle will also undergo an alignment check, it will take longer.
Do you need an alignment after replacing tires?
A wheel alignment is not essential after replacing tires, but it is recommended. At least, you should consider an alignment check, where the suspension is measured to make sure that the wheels are in correct relationship to the rest of your vehicle and the road. A poor wheel alignment can lead to uneven and premature tire wear, and it can cause your vehicle to handle improperly.
Is it okay to replace just two tires?
It is preferable to replace your tires as a complete set. That way, as long as you pay attention to routine maintenance items (i.e. proper tire pressure and tire rotations), you get the longest life and best performance from your tires. That might be especially true if your vehicle features all-wheel-drive. If your car experiences a flat tire due to damage from a pothole or puncture, you might be able to replace only the one tire. Just be sure that it is compatible with the rest of the set. And it is not uncommon to replace two tires at a time. In that case, beware of a common misconception that you should have those tires installed in the front for better steering. The new tires should be placed in the rear of the vehicle to avoid spinning out due to a loss of traction.

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