Is this even possible? And if so, how?
My (steel) wheels need a good clean and a repaint, this would be easier without the tyres on. However, I only have a set of five and the nearest tyre place is 8 miles away.
To have it done at the garage would mean drive 8 miles there, have one tyre removed, drive home (with no spare) clean and paint wheel, drive back into town, have tyre refitted and a different one removed, drive home etc etc.
If I could remove the tyres and the refit them myself it would make the whole process a lot easier. Happy to pop down the garage afterwards and have the wheels balanced.
No idea how to do this though! Any ideas?
DIY car tyre removal/refitting?
Is this even possible? And if so, how?
Get a mobile tyre guy out.
Or else mess around with big tyre levers.
I saw it don on a lorry tyre once.
All done by hand.
Hmm. Mobile tyre guy. Only 2 visits, a removal one and a refitting one. Got to be easier than five trips to town and back.
COuple of vids of it on the youtube, enormous tyre levers seem the way to go. However, they all look like they have really flexi tyres, the ones I've seen in real life all look and feel really stiff. Are there different kinds? (Like bike tyres, kevlar is easy, steel beads a PITA)
You can have the biggest tyre levers in the world but the main thing you need is a bead breaker. Your'e not going anywhere till youv'e loosened the tyre from the rim. I had one but flogged it at a car boot sale.
(I've taken thousands of tyres off steel rims BTW)
Leave Tires on, Plenty of masking tape, Prep, Paint, Lacquer, Remove tape, Sorted.
Piece of piss job that most are keen to leave to someone else. Big levers are not reqd.
Here's how. Let all the air out (obviously) & lay the wheel down flat on a solid surface. The bead will be "welded" to the rim with rust & crud. Get yourself a cold chisel or similar & a lump hammer. Put the chisel on the bead right next to the rim & give it half a dozen good blows in one spot. Move round a couple of inches - repeat. After five minutes or so of breaking sweat you'll have the bead broken on one side. Turn the wheel over & repeat. Once the tyre's free of the rim it's a simple job to remove it. You may not need the levers at all.
It can appear that you're making absolutely no progress using this method. Then within the space of a few seconds the bead drops into the well.
I've removed & replaced a full set of Landraver tyres in a couple of hours using basic hand tools.
It was a dodgy bastard from South Uist who taught me how to do this
Just do it with the tyres on.
It isn't that hard. Done Landrover ones plenty of times. I used 18" motorcycle levers and broke the bead by jumping on them.
When you problem might be(assuming its a modern car with tubeless tyres) is re-inflating them as you often need a bit of oomph to pop them onto the rims. Leave the tyres on IMO
You dont really need to remove the tyre completely just break the bead one side, easy way is to lay it on the ground and drive over the tyre.
You should be able to just mask it up without any of that though as already said.
If its just steelies , dont spray.
Just hammerite smooth coat them. Much less hassle dont even need to mask them off.
Makes little sense to take the tyre off, I've got a bead breaker so I'd be tempted to unbead one side just to make the masking simpler but that's all it'd be for.
break bead with a jack + bits of wood and fixed points
reinflate by. lubricate rim, strap round tyre, twist with wooden/metal lever and compress middle of tyre into well, tease edges out, *get a friend to pump like boggery (oh and BIG old fashioned metal levers/crowbars to get tyre off)
Clip on wheel trims?
When you problem might be(assuming its a modern car with tubeless tyres) is re-inflating them as you often need a bit of oomph to pop them onto the rims
That's the bit I was worried about really.
Painting with the tyres in situ seems to be a popular answer, might try it on one and see how it goes. If it doesn't go well I'll try getting the tyre off but I'll learn how to put that one back on before I take any others off, just in case!
Wheel trims would work cosmetically but there is a bit of surface rust there I would like to treat rather than just hide.
Get professional to do it, the tyre will hurt a fair bit if it pops off the rim and hits you when reinflating.
Have done tractor tyres (waves willy) but would rather get someone else to do it
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