How to Use Tire Changers Like a Pro

Mastering the art of tire changing requires precision and skill, but with the right techniques, you can use tire changers like a pro. Start by positioning the tire changer securely on a level surface and ensuring all safety features are engaged. Next, loosen the lug nuts on the wheel you’re working on before lifting the vehicle with a jack. Once the wheel is off the ground, remove the valve stem cap and use a valve stem tool to deflate the tire completely.

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Then, place the wheel on the tire changer’s turntable, making sure it’s centered and securely fastened. Use the tire changer’s bead-breaking arm to break the bead seal between the tire and the rim.

With the bead broken, lubricate both tire beads with tire mounting lubricant to ease the mounting process. Use the tire changer’s mounting head to pry the tire over the rim, working your way around the wheel until both beads are free. Finally, inflate the tire to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure, reinstall the valve stem cap, and tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern. By following these steps and practicing proper safety precautions, you can use tire changers effectively and efficiently, ensuring smooth tire changes every time.

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