Then you may benefit from having rims on your tires!
Providing both sets of tires with rims is a great way to simplify tire changes and allow you to customize your driving experience for the different seasons.
At Park Muffler, we provide exceptional tire services and understand the nuances of tire choice and care.
Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of rims on tires, how to change tires on rims, and all about storing tires on rims:
Why Have Two Sets of Rims?
One of the main reasons drivers consider having two sets of rims for their vehicles is so they can use lower-profile tires.
Low-profile tires are perfect for improved handling, increased fuel efficiency, better break, and overall appearance.
However, low-profile tires are not ideal for irregular surfaces, such as gravel roads, snow, ice, and roads that are riddled with potholes (which can cause significant damage to your vehicle if you’re not careful!).
Clean the tires. Using a cloth and mild detergent, remove dirt and debris from your tires before storing them. You may want to use a degreaser to remove brake fluid and road grime. Be sure to let the tires dry completely.
Place the tires in bags. Using a plastic bag or tire bag, place the tire inside of it and remove as much air as possible before taping the bag closed.
Choose your storage location. The best location to store your tires is cool, dry, and ventilated (and away from sunlight and heat sources such as floor vents).
Stack or hang the tires. Hang the tires from hooks or place them side-by-side.
No matter how you store your tires on rims, never leave them outside, even if they are sealed in bags. Harsh temperatures and other conditions can compromise their integrity and lifespan.
How to Change Tires on Rims
One of the most notable benefits of having your tires on rims is that you can easily change your tires without worrying about removing the rims.
Begin by parking your vehicle on a flat and stable surface that will prevent the car from rolling. You should also apply the parking brake and place a brick in front of and behind the back tires for additional safety.
Using a jack, place it under your car near the tire you are changing and raise it until your car is supported without being lifted.
Loosen the nuts using a standard cross wrench, turning counterclockwise – but don’t remove them!
By loosening the nuts while the tire is on the ground, you’ll have an easier time turning the lugnuts instead of the wheel.
It can take some force to break the lug nuts free, so you may have to use your body weight on the wrench. Just be careful not to strip the lug nuts.
Crank the jack to raise the tire from the ground, high enough so you can remove the tire. Make sure your vehicle is stable as you lift, correcting the jack if you notice any instability.
Continue removing the lug nuts before pulling the tire from the vehicle.
Place the tire you are switching to on the hub, aligning the rim with the wheel bolts. Replace the lug nuts.
Tighten the lug nuts by hand until they are snug before using the wrench. Avoid using excessive force so that you don’t disturb the jack.
Lower the car carefully without applying full weight on the tires. Tighten the lug nuts.
Lower the car completely and remove the jack. Finish tightening the nuts and replace the hubcap.
Rims On Tires – Are You Ready?
Tires are an essential component of your vehicle and impact its safety and performance.
If you’re ready to pop your extra tires on some rims, let Park Muffler help you out!
Our expert automotive technicians have the tools and know-how to ensure your tires are properly installed.