My car needs 4 new tires and I know I can save a bunch of dough if I buy
new tires online and replace them myself, however, I've never done this
before and I'm curious if others have and if so, if they can either:
a) recommend against doing it myself; or
b) tell me that it is a good idea and suggest where I might learn more on
how to do it.
I've done some preliminary research on the subject and I haven't found the
definitive set of instructions yet.
Thanks for your advice in advance.
The real trick to new tires is the balancing once the new ones treads are
on. My brother ordered a set of tires off the web for his Honda and then
when they were delivered marched down to the local tire dealer and paid them
to mount and balance. Still cheaper and done right.
(Smartass sarcastic modes OFF, I swear!)
Dood -- *online*??? As in "I'm going to pay shipping charges
for tires" ???
That's likely 'cause to do it without killing yourself in the
process, either literally (from a flying tire iron or exploding
tire) or figuratively (physically wearing yourself out) it
takes some tools and know how. People hesitate to give you
directions for a procedure that can put you in the hospital.
Buy them at WalMart, let them mount and balance them for you.
There's no way it can cost you substantially more than your
shipping costs & risk to life and limb.
So if you meet me, have some courtesy,
have some sympathy, and some taste.
Not only that but if you have any problems with the tires you can go to any
WalMart store for an adjustment. I replaced the tires on my Jeep, which I
tow behind my motorhome, in California. One of the tires went bad in North
Carolina on a trip. Went to the nearest WalMart store and they replaced the
tire and charged me $1.95. I didn't even have the invoice with me. All the
information is in their computer.
Don in Tracy, Calif.
well, actually yes. my car requires z rated ones, and when i to in to buy
racing tires, walmart doesn't carry them. so yes, the question as to whether
walmart will order the racing tires i need and just mount/balance them is
pertinent in some cases.
Yeah, do it all the time. Love the free shipping deal when its
available. Take them down to the local tire shop; check around and
you'll find someone to mount and balance the whole set for less than
$50. You can't buy the tools necessary to safely do the job for that
price, and they'll dispose of your old carcasses too.
Grandpa Koca - SAHD for 6 - Keeper of the Perpetual Kindergarten
My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked. It is price
The mail order tire stores will ship the tires to a dealer they have an
agreement with to install the tires. You can find this information on the
tire store's web site. I've ordered several sets of tires from Tire Rack and
have had them sent to installers on their list and to installers not on
their list. Of course, you would have to have an agreement in place to ship
to an installer not on the tire store's list.
As far as price goes, I've almost always found the online prices to be
better than the walk in stores. You have to pay shipping, but do not have to
pay sales tax. I did get a store to match the Tire Rack price, but they
didn't have the tires in stock, so I had to pay shipping and sales tax. If
they had had the tires in stock, I would have had to pay only sales tax plus
the matching price. Still, it was a good deal.
They make non powered tools for that, you just need to use a lot more
muscle and lots of slippery gooh so that you don't damage the tires
when you mount them. Don't know if you can save money or not by the
time you buy the tools and then find out that your vehicle needs
dynamically balanced tires. If you have a good nationwide or area
wide outfit like Les Schwab in the northwest, you get free flat
repair, free rebalancing, free rotation, minor cost for road hazard
insurance, and no effort.
Yep. I use Schwabbies and have since they opened a local shop. For
the services you get I will pay the little extra over on-line and
avoid all the hassles. They have even fixed flats for me on tires I
never bought from them. Just changed PU winter tires last year as
they were -way- down. They checked the puter and gave a rebate for
warranty on them.
This hole "tire balancing" routine is another scam! Most tires today are
made to a higher standard than "in the old days". Buy 'em on the web, mount
'em yourself and to hell with balancing. I put new rubber on my "75 Caddie"
every few years and it runs like top. Maybe a little wobble at certain
speeds, so I avoid those speeds, but faster or slower is OK. Save your
What is Schwabbies?
Im starting to get like you..... i.e. start buying
tires from same place I have them installed vs buying
online and having the shipped to me then hauling them
In the past....Ive bought several sets of tires from
Tire Rack and had them installed locally.
But the last set i bought I just printed off what tire
rack wanted for the and took to local dealer and asked
if he would match the price if I bought from him.
He agreed so i bought a set thru him and had him
Les Schwab company in the NW.
I changed enough tires in my life that even if it cost twice what it
does now I would pay to have it done. Have changed everything from
small 12" equpment tires up to and including aircraft tires that took
two men to just lift.
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