Just wanted to use this space to show you how I typically do my work. So just gives you an idea of what to expect!
1. The tire machine I use has the necessary safety features to ensure that my work comes without scratching your wheels.
2. I like to inspect the tire pressure monitoring sensors (if your wheels have them). If they are found to be physically damaged then you have the option of having replacements installed at your cost.
However, if I break them during the tire installation process, then I will find the replacement(s) and install them for you at my expense.
3. Before installing your new tire, I like to lubricate the wheel with a super secret special formula of soapy water. The reason why is because some other thick lubricants can cause the tire’s mounted position to slip after balancing, which effectively throws off the tire balance and results in vibration.
4. The tire goes on, taking into account the position of the tire pressure sensor.
5. Soapy water is used liberally throughout the process to make sure the lip of the tire is able to slip onto the rim smoothly.
6. The tools I use are safe for your wheel’s surface, like this tire iron with a plastic cover.
7. The tire goes on nice and smoothly without accidentally clipping the tire pressure sensor or damaging the wheel or tire itself.
8. If the wheel needs a new valve stem or valve stem core, I will install new ones, although most of the time, you can reuse your current one. If possible, before your old tire is removed from the wheel, I test your valve assembly for leaks using soapy water.
9. Next, I fill the tire with air. Usually, I like to fill to 35psi, but I can fill to whatever you’d like, as long as it’s within the safety pressure range written on the tire’s sidewall.
10. The tire’s pressure us shown here on the tire machine. But I still like to double check the pressure after the wheel is mounted to the car, with the car resting on the ground.
11. The correct-size balancing cone is used depending on the size of the wheel’s bore.
12. The wheel is mounted to the balancer and if you don’t know the width of your wheels, I measure it. This is to ensure proper balancing and a smooth ride.
13. Before adding wheel weights, I like to wipe the inner barrel of the wheels with cleaner. This makes sure that the weights don’t detach themselves over time. If weights fall off, I will re-balance the wheel for no extra charge.
14. I almost always do the balancing process twice per wheel. This makes sure that the wheel is vibration-free.
15. By request, I can add special tape to secure the wheel weights even further. Especially for race cars or cars driven in extremely hot scenarios, the tape helps to block brake heat from loosening the adhesive on the wheel weights. Or, to save cost, you can choose to reuse your old wheel weights, and I will fasten them using the tape as shown.
After the new tires are mounted to the tires, I mount them back to the car, and they’re torqued to the proper setting using a torque wrench, NOT an impact gun, as is done at some tire shops that are in a rush to finish the job.
Everything is double checked and if necessary, the TPMS system is reset. Sometimes, this can add a notable amount of time on top of the tire mounting procedure, but this will make sure your car is 100% ready to go, and you will not need to return to the dealership to reset the tire pressure sensor system, which can be costly and time-consuming.