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Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationMaintenance & Repairs · 2 months ago

Is switching between summer and winter tires the same as changing a flat?

Assuming they're on their own rims and you label them so you know where each one goes, is removing winter tires and installing summer ones (and vice versa) the same as removing a flat and putting on a spare? Or is there more to it than that?

In other words, is it just a matter of knowing how to change a tire?

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  • Jay P
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Actually it's the same as changing 4 flat tires at the same time...

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    exactly the same.  Do make sure the summer tires have air in them.  They tend to lose air over the winter months.  The balancing weights are in the proper spot so the wheels are balanced like before.   

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  • 2 months ago

    If summer tires are mounted on wheels and snow tires are mounted on a second set of wheels you only need to jack up the car, unbolt lug nuts and switch wheels. Just be sure they turn in the same direction for radials.

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes, just like that- as long as they don't have TPMS, which will need resetting each time the wheels are changed, so the car's computer "knows" them.

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  • 2 months ago

    The only thing you need to be aware of is that the stock lug nuts may not be the correct lug nuts for your Winter wheels. The taper that contacts the rim can be different.

    Source(s): Mitsubishi Master Tech
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  • 2 months ago

    For the most part, yuuup! Just torque those lug nuts with a torque wrench. Some tires have a directional tread but have an arrow to tell you which direction they should spin on the car while driving forward. Need to chock at least one wheel so the car doesn't roll when you jack it up.

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes, it's the same technique.  Take them off one at a time and replace with the other. Important - check the pressures as those you've had in store could have lost air over the months. Probably have, in fact.

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  • 2 months ago

    If you have two sets of rims, and tires are each mounted on a set, then yes. All you have to do is remove lug nuts, switch tires, and replace lug nuts. If you have two sets of tires, but only one set of rims, then you need to take it to a tire shop to do it, as it requires special equipment to remove/install a tire on a wheel.

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes it is . Yes it is.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Go to a tire shop and let them do the job while you check your Facebook page.

    • F
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      If you’re a regular customer they might do it for free or just a nice tip.

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