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DIY winter tire swap out tool list

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DIY winter tire swap out tool list

I am curious what everyone is using to do their own tire swap.
My whole family has winters and if I bought everything new and split the cost we more or less breakeven after one season.


I was looking at grabbing a 2-3 ton jack, torque wrench, corded impact wrench or cordless impact gun, jack stands, etc...
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A jack, a stand, a socket, breaker bar, torque wrench. Simple. Anti seize if you have alloys.
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Pretty much nailed it.


I also use Brake Cleaner to clean the Rotors, White Lithium Grease (Non Drip) so the Wheels doesn't stick to the Hub.
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Tire change kit in the trunk of your car plus an hour of your time.
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Considering its going to be a family affair and likely involving multiple cars; I would suggest getting an impact driver.
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NewMember12345 wrote: Tire change kit in the trunk of your car plus an hour of your time.
Please don't listen to this advice.
Buy the proper tool as mentioned in the 2nd post and you'll be good to go.
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You have all tires on rims right?
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Buy a impact gun and then finalize with the torque wrench.

You save so much time
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NewMember12345 wrote: Tire change kit in the trunk of your car plus an hour of your time.
Might as well just try changing it using your hands. Did you even read that the OP is planning on doing multiple cars?

Terrible advice.
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don't forget a pair of wheel chokes.

IMO, impact driver is not needed.
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Your list plus

A bottle of anti-seize

17mm, 19mm, 21mm, 7/8" deep sockets

And a wheel chock (or a piece of brick)
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ditachan wrote: Please don't listen to this advice.
Buy the proper tool as mentioned in the 2nd post and you'll be good to go.
cartfan123 wrote: Might as well just try changing it using your hands. Did you even read that the OP is planning on doing multiple cars?

Terrible advice.
It's all about that haggard garage life.
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I do it by hand. Change one wheel at a time. Might as well go through my own procedure to see the tools or things required lol

1.Rubber chocks from Princess Auto, chock the opposite wheel on the opposite axle.
2. Break loose lugs with Canadian tire breaker bar with impact socket from Princess auto
3. Jack car up with Torin low profile jack from costco and slide jack stand under frame rail.
4. Loosen lugs by hand.
5. Apply anti seize to hub face
6. put wheel on.
7. Snug lugs in cross pattern by hand
8. Take out jack stand and lower jack so that tire is just touching ground (so it doesnt spin as you try to tighten it)
9. Torque lug to spec with Canadian tire torque wrench.
10. Lower car completely. Go on with rest of wheels.

The breaker bars at canadian tire go on sale for like $10, I've pretty much just put one in each car since they're so cheap lol and a metric impact socket set that was on sale at CT as well. Beats using the lug wrench thing included with the manufacturer if you need to change to the spare.
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I have the best setup:
-digital impact wrench w/ torque settings
-jack

Done and done, bolts rip off and screw on in seconds, no second-guessing.
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ditachan wrote: Please don't listen to this advice.
Buy the proper tool as mentioned in the 2nd post and you'll be good to go.
He's somewhat right if you have wheel locks and the wheel locks key is kept with the kit in the trunk
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NewMember12345 wrote: Tire change kit in the trunk of your car plus an hour of your time.
This plus a 6 pack of beer. People with their fancy breaker bars ans wheel chocks are pussies...
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Newb question:
Ive always swapped the tires by myself, with steel rims.
Ive never owned Mags before, but bought a new car over the summer that came with them. I know mounting tires on mags require a hardware kit and is a bit more complicated than steel wheels. But does swapping the tires with mags out of the car the same thing as with steelies?
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You don't need jack stands when you are swapping out a wheel. Jack stands are most necessary when doing work under the car. It just adds extra time to what should be a very simple job. If you are doing multiple cars it adds up. Wheel chokes are a good idea if your driveway is not completely level, but as someone mentioned already, thick bricks will do the job just fine.
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If you're changing over wheels on a European car, you'd be wise (and will save some frustration) if you get a decent Wheel Hanger. Some can also double as a Tommy Bar (aka breaker bar).

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