January 4, 2021
Today’s post highlights the four most common and costly tire installation errors seen in 2020-2021. Read on and find out why so many Canadians trust our qualified tire installation service over independent shops and DIY attempts.
Top-4 Tire Installation Errors Spotted In 2020-2021
1.Failing to recognize active tire technology. One of the most common sources of tire installation complications in the “Digital Age” is failing to recognize active tire tech, such as tire pressure monitoring systems, run-flats, and other special features. For instance, when working with a vehicle with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), the technician must be careful not to damage the sensor, which may be located quite close to the valve, during the process of tire installation or removal.
True tire installation professionals keep apprised of new tire technologies and know how to work with or around them. They’ll also make official notation about any working tire tech systems prior to servicing your vehicle, which keeps them accountable for any malfunctions or damages that may occur as a result of your new tire installation.
2. Mishandling reverse-mount wheels. Another costly tire installation error comes as a result of improper handling of reverse-mount wheels, which are becoming increasingly common, and now even come as original equipment (OE) for many modern Toyota vehicles. Without proper equipment, such as a reverse mount adaptor or jaw protection while clamping, your tire installation could leave behind some serious scratches, which quickly turn to rust on chrome rims.
3. Lubrication errors. Though lubricant is absolutely essential during tire mounting and removal, too much lube—or too little—can cause major problems for your tire installation. Whether you apply too much lube or concoct an incorrect mixture with excessive water, this tire installation error can cause tire-to-wheel slippage and vibration problems. It’s also important to choose the right lube, since incorrect lubricants can lead to long-term wheel corrosion, leakage, and premature failures.
Qualified tire installation experts will be sure to lube the inner toe area of the tire bead, the bead seat, and the balcony of the wheel drop center, all using an approved, high-quality lubricant. For more information on proper lubrication, or to get specifics about the products we use, contact your local TIRECRAFT today.
4. Trying to hold the bead in the drop center by hand. Trusting your tire beads to hand-held bars is a big mistake. If the bar slips and the tire comes up, you’re going to rip the tire bead and cause thousands of dollars in damage. There’s also a serious risk of injury for the tire tech. For best results—and indeed, for any chance of success with the 30 and 40-series tires of today, with sidewalls too stiff for a tech to drop with only hand pressure—use a mechanical or pneumatic assist.
Go Pro With Tire Installation At Your Local TIRECRAFT
To avoid all these common and costly tire installation errors, simply contact your local TIRECRAFT. With more than 220+ locations around the country, qualified tire installation is closer than you think. We also offer a wide range of automotive repair services, top brand tires, and vehicle parts and accessories, and every purchase saves you money on the next, thanks to the My TIRECRAFT Rewards program.Back