Mounting tires: costs and procedure

If the tires are worn or too old, new ones are needed. They can simply be pulled onto the existing rims. Fitting new tires is referred to as a tire change. Not to be confused with the seasonal change from summer to winter tires and back: strictly speaking, this is a wheel change.
Since the wheels have to be dismantled to change tires anyway, it makes sense to change tires and wheels in one go. This not only saves time, but also costs (e.g. for dismantling on the car).

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How much does it cost to mount the tires?

As a rule, the work is not done simply by mounting the tyres. Additional work steps are required to fit the tires, which will later appear on the invoice. This includes removing the old tires (if you have them) and balancing the new ones. Overall, the costs are between 80 and 150 euros, depending on the workshop and the amount of work involved.
Depending on whether the customer wants to start driving immediately with the new tires, there are additional costs for mounting the wheels (approx. 50 euros). How much it ultimately costs to mount the tires also depends on whether, for example, a direct TPMS is installed. The sensors must then be serviced and replaced if necessary. That costs another 50 to 100 euros extra, plus any costs for the sensors. If the set of tires was purchased in the workshop, less is usually charged for the assembly. There are often all-inclusive prices for a set of tires including fitting.

How does the raising work?

The mounting of the tires is usually done in the workshop. To fit the new tires, the old ones have to come off first. To do this, the tire is deflated, valve inserts are removed and then the old rubber is pulled off with a bead roller or shovel. To mount a new tire, the rim is clamped in a mounting machine, and any balancing weights that are still present are removed. The tire flanks are coated with grease and placed on the rim according to their marking. The tire is then pulled onto the rim with the help of the mounting lever. That sounds simple, but demands a high level of concentration from the mechanics, since they have to work very precisely here.

Down with the old rubbers

In order for the new one to “up”, the old one has to go down.

So that the tire sits correctly on the rim, it is then filled with air (max. 3.3 bar, so-called “jumping pressure”). As a rule, the tire then “jumps” into the rim by itself. If that’s not the case, it has to be pulled off and put on again. A new valve is then fitted and the regular tire pressure is set. Caution: Run-flat and ultra-high-performance tires may only be fitted by specialist workshops.

Can you mount tires yourself?

The clear answer is: no. Although there are many tutorials and instructions on the Internet that want to make you believe that changing the rubber also works in the garage at home, the effort is immense. In addition, there is a high risk that tires or rims will be damaged. Fitting tires is a job for the specialist workshop. Special tools are available there with which the tires can be changed in minutes with as little stress as possible. In addition, the tires have to be balanced after assembly – this is done at the same time in the workshop.

One set of rims, two sets of tires – is that possible?

At first glance, a lot of money can be saved if summer or winter tires are always mounted on a set of rims. In practice, however, this is the proverbial milkmaid bill. In theory, you could put the tires back on the rims every time the season changes. But with every “change” of the tires, the costs for dismantling and mounting are also due – and that is significantly more than is calculated for a “simple” wheel change. It costs about 50 euros from a specialist, but you can also do it yourself easily – and free of charge. This means that the costs for the second set of rims are amortized over time. What’s more, putting on and taking off puts a lot of strain on the tires every time. This potentially shortens the life of the tires.

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