Tire Assembly: Yourself or have it Changed in the Workshop?


Drivers usually have their tires changed seasonally unless all-season tires are fitted. If the tire is damaged or the profile wore off, a change is also required. A tire service in the workshop offers you many advantages: for example, the control of the air pressure, the correct handling of the TPMS and the storage of the wheels. Read in this article what you can do on the tire change yourself and which steps you can better make by the professional.

Wheel Change or Tire Fitting – What’s the Difference?

In a tire changing replace the rubber tires and the tire is stripped from the rim. The term “wheel” describes the whole of tire and rim. If you talk about changing the wheel, the entire wheel is replaced – for example, during a seasonal change from summer tires to winter tires. If the tire tread is too low – we recommend four millimeters as the minimum limit – replace the tire.

Can I Change the Tire Myself?

To change the bike, you basically only need a jack and a wheel cross. However, newer vehicles have a TPMS system. With special tools like the Nissan Titan jack kit and know-how, it is possible to change your tire yourself.

If you have bought new tires and wanted to put them on the rim, you will need a tire fitting device. Thus, it is not possible to change the tires themselves. At the specialist workshop, automotive mechatronics engineers remove the tires from the rims and assemble the new tires. Then they balance the wheels. When balancing small weights are attached to the rim, which rolls the wheel evenly. The balancing is the seasonal wheel change also recommended because the tread can be worn unevenly.

When Should I Use the Tire Service?

If you make the wheel change yourself, you have to lift the car a total of four times with the jack and crank it down again. Each screw must be dismounted individually by hand. You need strength, nerves and about 30 to 60 minutes of pure change time.

If you decide to visit a specialist workshop, automotive mechatronics engineers can take a look at the brakes and identify any dangers – such as cracked brake discs. The automotive mechatronics engineers balance the wheels by balancing the improved driveability and safety increases.

So now, the choice is yours, which option is suitable for you?