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Installing your own winter tires #5239236 10/14/19 09:43 AM
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For snow areas only. Alabama boys need not apply. Do you install your own winter tires?

It’s a task I don’t mind.

I use a floor jack, jack stand, wheel blocks, corded electric impact wrench and torque wrench.

When I have the wheel off, I grease any suspension fittings (that have zerks) near the hub, inspect the brake pads, and CV boots, and give the frame a shot of Krown rust preventer. I then check and adjust the air pressure.

I prefer it over a shop because their employees typically go ape with the impact wrench when tightening down the nuts. Just don’t get a hernia when dealing with trucks tires. smile

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If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Installing your own winter tires [Re: Snagglefoot] #5239241 10/14/19 09:49 AM
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I did it by hand for a while on 3 vehicles. Have a 1/2 inch cordless impact this year, so I'm actually looking forward to it. For me, it's just as much work to load up the tires and run them out somewhere as it is to just swap em out myself.


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Re: Installing your own winter tires [Re: Snagglefoot] #5239253 10/14/19 10:06 AM
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The evo I did. The focus I'll just bring it into the dealer and they do it as part of the 'the works' with the oil change and tire rotation.

Re: Installing your own winter tires [Re: Snagglefoot] #5239258 10/14/19 10:12 AM
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Every late Fall and Spring. With air tools its not too bad. Usually try to schedule in something with it- brake bleed, check/lube brakes, of course inspect tie rod ends and a little Fluid Film on anything that is, or might rust.


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Re: Installing your own winter tires [Re: Snagglefoot] #5239259 10/14/19 10:13 AM
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Been swapping tires over myself twice a year on my own car for almost 40 years. I used to break the lug nuts loose with a breaker bar, but since I got a cordless impact, it's much easier. When I picked up a wife 30 years ago, I had to swap her tires over twice a year also, and kids cars for over 2 decades...

It's peace-of-mind knowing that something is done right, and not having some random guy torque your nuts to insane ft/lb numbers is most reassuring.

Re: Installing your own winter tires [Re: Snagglefoot] #5239268 10/14/19 10:18 AM
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Always do my own. Even when all I had was a scissor jack and a cinder block. I have major trust issues with shops. I must be bad at picking them.

The title of the post initially made me think mounting/balancing, not just wheel swapping. Which I also have done. My grandfather has a changer bolted to the floor and a static balancer. Although with these new-fangled 20" alloy wheels and TPMS, those tools have been recently gathering dust...

Re: Installing your own winter tires [Re: Snagglefoot] #5239281 10/14/19 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Snagglefoot
For snow areas only. Alabama boys need not apply. Do you install your own winter tires?
I'm assuming you mean winter tires that are already mounted on winter wheels so there is no need for remount/rebalance. If so, yeah, I swap those out on my 530i.

On wife's Q5, I let the local shop do the swap as I don't want to break my back.




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Re: Installing your own winter tires [Re: Snagglefoot] #5239303 10/14/19 10:51 AM
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I too thought the OP was swapping tires on wheels . Seems he / she is talking about swapping wheel / tire units .


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Originally Posted by benhen77
I did it by hand for a while on 3 vehicles. Have a 1/2 inch cordless impact this year, so I'm actually looking forward to it. For me, it's just as much work to load up the tires and run them out somewhere as it is to just swap em out myself.


Totally agree. Easier to just do it right, at the right time (around here = mid November).


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Re: Installing your own winter tires [Re: WyrTwister] #5239334 10/14/19 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by WyrTwister
I too thought the OP was swapping tires on wheels . Seems he / she is talking about swapping wheel / tire units .


Yes, most folks who have winter tires up here, keep them on separate rims. For the apartment dwellers, a lot of the tire shops will store your summer / winter sets in a warehouse for a fee. For the folks that have larger garage, we buy a tire rack and keep them in the corner of the garage. smile


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
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I swap the winters on rims with the summer wheels every fall on the girlfriend's car. I'm not paying a shop $35 per tire to swap the rubber out twice a year.


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Re: Installing your own winter tires [Re: Snagglefoot] #5239397 10/14/19 12:46 PM
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It's way faster to do it at home than go to the tire store, sit at the tire store, interact with tire store employees, get upsold on some BS tire store service, get home to find out that the tire store messed something up, rinse, repeat.


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Re: Installing your own winter tires [Re: Snagglefoot] #5239454 10/14/19 01:52 PM
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I used to do that. The big advantage to doing it yourself is you can wait until it actually snows to do the changeover. Otherwise you'd have to get it done weeks ahead of time. The tire shops get so busy with the first snow that you'll wait days for an appointment.

But now that I live on the left hand coast, my snow tires simply rest easy in the garage. I could put them on, but I don't really need them. We hardly ever get snow, and it only lasts a day or two if we do. And I don't have to go anywhere that can't wait a couple of days.


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Originally Posted by Snagglefoot
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I too thought the OP was swapping tires on wheels . Seems he / she is talking about swapping wheel / tire units .


Yes, most folks who have winter tires up here, keep them on separate rims. For the apartment dwellers, a lot of the tire shops will store your summer / winter sets in a warehouse for a fee. For the folks that have larger garage, we buy a tire rack and keep them in the corner of the garage. smile

Or if you're like I was a few years ago, you drag 4 wheels and tires up to the third floor and stick them in the closet of your 1 BR apartment. LOL


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