How to Install a Tire

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If you have a new set of wheels you’d like to install on your car, you could be looking at $13-$45 per tire. This tacked onto the initial cost of a tire set can be a hefty price tag. 

That’s why many people want to learn how to install a tire. It’s a great way to save money, and you may take pride in doing the job yourself. 

However, just like any DIY work you do on your car, you need to be careful. Installing each tire is an important task that needs to be done correctly. It requires the right equipment and dedication to a job done right. 

If you’re ready to learn the ins and outs of how to install a tire like a professional, we have several tips for doing a professional job. Here’s how to install a tire like a pro.

How Do You Put a Tire on a Car?

About 9% of car-related accidents are tire-related. That means that regularly changing each tire and doing it correctly is an essential part of responsible car ownership. Check our guides for more – How To Check If Tires Need To Be Replaced and How Often Should I Change My Tires.

But how do you install your own wheels?

You need the right equipment so you can jack up your car, like when you change a tire. So If you’re done this before, you should be alright to install your tires. But if jacking your car is not possible, you won’t install your tires properly. 

Step-by-step Guide for How to Install a Tire

  1. With the emergency brakes on, loosen the lug nuts. Don’t remove them all the way as they are keeping your tire connected, but loosen them.
  2. Raise your car with a jack until it’s about 5 inches off the ground.
  3. Completely remove the lug nuts and the tire.
  4. Place the new tire on the rim. Turn it until the wheel’s holes are aligned with the studs.
  5. Replace the lug nuts in a diagonal pattern. Imagine you are drawing a star! Here’s the order for you: top, bottom right, left, right, bottom left.

Consider checking our blog – How To Use Manual Tire Changer

Can You Install Tires Yourself?

How to Install a Tire

Can you install tires yourself? Yes.

Should you install tires yourself? That depends on your skills and equipment. 

If you are comfortable changing tires and ready to put your skills to the test, you can replace the tires on your car without too much of a problem. Just make sure you have the right equipment. 

If changing a spare tire is daunting, it is probably best to leave this job to the professionals. 

Of course, learning how to install a tire comes with several tasks beyond basic installation. Wheels need to be balanced to correct any weight imbalances that come with new tires. They become imbalanced over time from normal wear and tear. But the issue can cause uneven damage to your tire and uncomfortable vibration for the car’s riders. 

There is also alignment. While alignment is not a required step in installation, it’s a best practice. This ensures all four new tires are properly positioned, and it will extend the lifespan of your tires. 

How Do You Mount and Balance Tires at Home?

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Balancing is an essential part of mounting and installing your tires. While it’s possible to do this at home, you need the right equipment and extensive expertise for a safe ride. 

You could invest the money into purchasing the equipment for balancing and asking a mechanic friend to teach you about balance. However, equipment is costly. You would need to be balancing many tires each month to break even any time soon. 

Also, paying a shop means you get a guarantee that your tires are properly balanced. Properly balanced tires minimize any damage to your expensive set of new wheels. Once you look at the prices of balancing equipment and consider the guarantee from professionals, $15 per wheel doesn’t look too bad. 

However, if you’re confident in your balancing abilities and regularly balance tires to make the price worth it, you can enjoy balancing and mounting your own. 


Installing your tires at home is possible, but it’s not practical for everyday car owners. Between balancing, mounting, and aligning your tires, it could cost you thousands of dollars in equipment. And if not properly installed, it could lead to damage to your new tires. But for car enthusiasts who enjoy caring for their vehicles and regularly need new tires, learning how to install a tire is practical and enjoyable. Though if you are in a lack of time, we recommend to check the next article – How Much Does It Cost To Replace Tires.

So next time you need tire installation, consider if this is something you could take on yourself or if it’s worth a visit to your friendly neighborhood auto shop.

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