- Following a few simple steps can make mounting and inflating tires a job anyone can do.tire image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com
Tires are an important part of your vehicle that may be easy to overlook. Improperly mounting or inflating your tires can be dangerous or reduce gas mileage. With a few simple tools and a little know-how, anyone can put a tire on their vehicle. Here are a few simple steps to follow to successfully complete the project.
- To properly mount and inflate tires on your vehicle, you will need some basic tools. Required are one rim mallet, one ring tool, two Swan necked bead tools, lubricant and brush. You also will need a compressor and an air gauge to inflate the tire properly.
- Inspect the tire and rim for damage. Place the tube inside the tire. Check to make sure that tire size and rim size match.
Partially inflate tube to no more than 3 psi (pounds per square inch) to round out the tube and give it shape.
Apply rubber lubricant to inside and outside of both beads and to the portion of the tube that is visible between the beads. Apply the lubricant with a brush, swab or cloth, but do not allow any lubricant to get on the tire. A non-water base commercial bead lubricant should be used because water can corrode the tire.
Insert flap and lubricate. Lay your rim flat on the floor with the gutter side up. Make sure to align the tube valve with the center of the rim valve slot. Push the tire onto the rim and pull the valve through the valve slot.
Place the side ring on the rim base. Stand on the ring base to position it below the gutter in the rim base. Snap the leading end (the end without a notch), of the lock ring into the gutter of the rim base. Progressively work the side ring into place. Carefully check to make sure the ring is fully resting in the gutter.
- Put the tire/rim assembly in a safety cage or other approved restraining device. Use an extension hose with an air gauge and clip-on air chuck to allow you to stand clear of the assembly. Inflate the tire to the recommended inflation pressure to seat the beads. Completely deflate the tire to keep the tube from buckling, then reinflate the tire to recommended pressure.
Before you remove the tire from the assembly, ensure that the rim components are properly seated.