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Costco $6/tire change over

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Aug 3, 2006
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Costco $6/tire change over

:mad: I went to costco today to change over my winter tires (on the rim) cost me $6/ tire. I bought the tires last year because they said that they woudl change over the tires free in the summer! Apparently there is now a fee.
$6/tire if on the rim.
$11/tire if not on the rim.

Can they just do that? Does not seem right. I paid a bit more for these tires at costco thinking that it was worth it becasue I did not need to pay for change overs! :mad:
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Mar 7, 2009
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Do you have it in writing that it would be done for free? If not there's really nothing you can do.

$6/wheel is still cheaper than any other place I know of.
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Jan 27, 2006
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I remember it being free too. These days everyone seems to be either increasing prices or in this case starts charging for something was was free before.

Talk to the manager and see if they can do something.

I agree $6 to swap your Steelies to Wheel is cheap but why not just DIY.
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Aug 3, 2006
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No I do not have it in writing it was just the policy until this year. I know it is cheap, but it seems like they would include this service as part of yoru costco membership, and since you pay a hire price initially when you buy the tires. Oh well.
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Feb 25, 2009
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Yeah you can easily do it yourself for free. Took me about 30 minutes to swap my winter wheels and tires on in the fall.
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I used to do it myself. I have just become a bit lazy in my old age!
Need to buy a torque wrench and an air compressor.
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Feb 10, 2007
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Oh you poor thing, let me pity thee as I go and pay $175 to have my all-seasons put back on my SUV. :lol:
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Precisely why people should buy winter rims with their winter tires. I know it adds a little more to the price tag but in the long run it really saves a lot of headaches. Personally I think $6 is not that bad, considering that you have to take the winter tire off the rim, put the all-season ones on, balance and mount everything. You can't do this at home unless you have all the proper equipment and experience. If you had the set of tires installed on separate rims, then all you do is swap them using the jack (not very sophisticated but it'll get the job done), but make sure you get a torque wrench (you can buy or even rent one) to ensure the nuts are tightened to specification.
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Yeah separate wheels are always the way to go. Mounting/unmounting is hard on the tyre too--it's not meant to be done repeatedly and can lead to premature tyre failure.
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liorsyncro wrote:
Mar 22nd, 2009 6:30 pm
Precisely why people should buy winter rims with their winter tires. I know it adds a little more to the price tag but in the long run it really saves a lot of headaches. Personally I think $6 is not that bad, considering that you have to take the winter tire off the rim, put the all-season ones on, balance and mount everything. You can't do this at home unless you have all the proper equipment and experience. If you had the set of tires installed on separate rims, then all you do is swap them using the jack (not very sophisticated but it'll get the job done), but make sure you get a torque wrench (you can buy or even rent one) to ensure the nuts are tightened to specification.
thats a really good price... your paying less then $30 to get your wheels swapped.
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I think the point here is... Costco used to change over your tires for free as long as they're on rims and one of the two sets are bought from Costco. Every since this year they're started to charge people $6/tire I'm guessing because a lot of people now go and get their tires changed for free, and Costco is probably losing money from it (cost of labour).

It doesn't matter whether the tires are on rims or not... Costco charges for both now.
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Shane1 wrote:
Mar 22nd, 2009 1:59 pm
I used to do it myself. I have just become a bit lazy in my old age!
Need to buy a torque wrench and an air compressor.
For tires changes, I have an electric impact gun, and it works great.
A torque wrench is still a good idea, though I would be shocked if they actually used one at the shop
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Don't forget that if your only using 1 set of rims for 2 sets of tires, your gonna have to pay for balancing each time as well.

Nowadays, not many use a torque wrench anymore. they use these torque extensions that fit on a impact gun. How it works is when selected torue extension is reaching the rated torque spec, the extensions bends and sorta 'fakes' that it's tight and the impact gun will not go anymore.

http://www.torquestick.com/
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Mar 7, 2009
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Well I have never used a torque wrench on wheels and never had any problems. Over time I've developed a sense of how tight a bolt should be.

On wheels, it's not so much how tight the nuts are that matter, but equal distribution of tightness and the pattern you tighten them in.
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Aug 3, 2006
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Yes that is precisely my point. I don't mind getting charged the $6 per tire plus tax, getting up early so I can be first in line, and waiting over 1 hour to exchange my rims. My point was it used to be done for free, and it was a great incentive for people to spend the extra couple of bucks initially to get your rims and tires from costco.

I advice you all to go in early before the line ups get toooo long!
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