To change an ATV tyre, repair and service shops may charge you a high fee, which is often so high that you could have saved money by purchasing new ATV tyres after only a couple of seasons. But if you’re handy with tools and know how to do it yourself, you can do it yourself in the comfort of your own home and save money on tyre replacement.
Method 1 Separate the ATV Tire
1. Remove all of the air from the ATV tyres that you intend to replace. The valve stems can be removed quickly with a valve stem remover, or they can be removed more slowly by depressing the nut inside the valve stem.
2. Remove the seal that connects the tyre and the wheel. This is a wire rim in your ATV tyre that sits in a groove in the wheel and helps to keep the tyre from spinning. You can break this seal by squeezing the sidewall of the tyre with your hands hard.
Some ATV tyres have a tab that needs to be flipped in order to release the wire rim from the wheel.
Method 2 Remove the Old ATV Tire
1. Using your tyre iron, wedge a flat blade between each edge of the ATV tyre and the rim of the wheel.
2. Wedge the second tyre iron in about 8 inches (20.3 cm) along the rim from the first, and then repeat the process.
3. Remove and reposition the second tyre iron until it makes contact with the first tyre iron.
For some tyres, this will be sufficient to completely remove the ATV tyre from the vehicle. Others will require you to repeat the process using the opposite edge of the tyre.
Method 3 Install New ATV Tire
1. Place the new ATV tyre on top of the wheel of your vehicle. This should be done with the wheel resting on a wide, flat surface. While removing the old tyre, the wheel won’t be as stable as it was when you first put it on.
2. With the help of your tyre iron, lever one section of the tyre onto the wheel. Caution should be exercised to avoid cutting or damaging the new ATV tyre.
3. Slide the other tyre iron into position and pass it around to ensure that the tyre is properly mounted on the wheel.
This is essentially the same procedure as removing the old ATV tyre, only in the opposite direction..
You might find it easier if you apply a thin layer of lubricant to the edge of the ATV tyre before starting.
4. If necessary, repeat the procedure with the tire’s opposing wall. Some models will require this step, just as some will require removing the tyres, while others will fall into place with just one pass.
5. Using an air compressor, inflate the new ATV tyres to their recommended pressure.
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