Safe throughout winter: tyre change done right!

The cold season is just around the corner. The date approaches in Austria when winter tyres are legally required. If you are a DIY pro and want to change tyres yourself, you should keep a few things in mind to make it safely through the winter months. WALTER has plenty of tips to make your DIY tyre change easier.

Here’s how to quickly and easily change your tyres

WALTER’s step-by-step instructions

 
  1. Safely park your car
    Park your car on a stable and even surface. Apply the handbrake and put the car into first gear. In the case of an automatic car, put it into “P”. This prevents the car from starting to roll.
     
  2. Loosen the wheel nuts
    Loosen the wheel nuts with a wheel wrench while the car still firmly sits on the ground. Once the wheel is up in the air, loosening the wheel nuts becomes a lot harder because the wheels might start spinning as you twist the wrench.
     
  3. Lift the vehicle
    Now it’s time to place the jack underneath your car to lift it. The tyres should be approximately a hand’s width above the ground. Important: Every car’s underbody has a jacking point location. The manual tells you exactly where that spot is on your car. That way you can prevent damage to the underbody.
     
  4. Detach the wheels
    Unscrew the wheel nuts completely now. Always make sure to detach the lower ones first and the upper ones last.

    Once you’ve taken down the wheel, the wire brush has its big moment. Clean any dirt and rust off the hub. Put a little bit of copper paste on it and the tyre can be detached much easier during the next change.

    WALTER note: Do a quick visual examination while you’re at it: Are the brakes, shock absorbers, brake pads and brake lines all still intact?
     
  5. Screw on the new wheels
    As a next step, you put the new wheel in place. Always tighten the wheel nuts criss-cross to ensure that the wheel sits evenly. As long as the tyre is still up in the air, only tighten it finger-tight.
     
  6. Tighten the wheel nuts
    Before you tighten the wheel bolts with the torque wrench, lower the car back down onto the ground. Different cars require different torques – the manual tells you more!

    Important when tightening the nuts with the torque wrench: You need to work criss-cross. If you hear it clicking after a quarter rotation, the wheel nut is tightened with the right torque. As a final step, you should check the air pressure of all tyres.

    Imprtant at the tyre pressure monitoring system: Please read the instruction manual of your car to modulate the system correctly for your new tyre. Every manufacturer has his own process.
organisation

Label the tyres with chalk. This gives you an overview which tyre belongs to which axle.

control

After about 50 km, the wheel nuts should be checked regarding the torque. This ensures that the nuts don’t come loose.

wheel cleaning

Don’t just store the old tyres immediately after taking them down. Clean them beforehand – this increases their lifespan.

storage

Tyres including rims should always be stored lying down – without rims, standing upright.

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