Winter tire change: annoying but important topic for all who (safely) drive safely.

If you are traveling in winter conditions with summer tires, you risk a lot. The problem with summer tires is that the rubber cures at low temperatures and thus adversely affect the driving characteristics of the vehicle. Anyone who uses summer tires in wintry conditions to cause a rear-end collision risks losing the fully comprehensive insurance coverage for gross negligence. This means that the driver then has to pay the damage out of his own pocket depending on the sheet metal damage that can cost several thousand dollars.

Another cost factor is fines. A road user who obstructs traffic due to incorrect tires must expect a fine.

Winter Tire Change: That’s How it Works

Of course, every workshop offers this service. The costs of the change are usually low. Nevertheless, I find this action relatively annoying: buy tires, drive to the workshop and then reverse everything. Since it is then more convenient, just change the tires yourself quickly. So you can still save money. But how do I go about changing tires?

Ensure your vehicle is on a level surface. Then place the jack at the appropriate and designated points on the underbody of your car. If you don’t know where these points are, you should look into the operating instructions. Otherwise, there stands a risk of damaging your vehicle! Prior to balancing, you will loosen the screws so that you can unscrew them later by hand. I find it unsafe to loosen the screws on a high-backed car since sometimes it costs a little power and the vehicle on the jack is too unsafe for me. Therefore do it before!

When all screws are loosened, you can proceed easily to change the tire if your car is a Nissan, you might need a Nissan titan spare tool kit. Mark with a piece of chalk which tire you just removed, so you’ll know where it belongs later. The new tire I don’t screw on the jack. I just tighten the screws with the wrench so that the tire is well fixed. Always ensure that the tire rests completely on the axle and is not mounted askew. Then the jack can be removed, and the screws tightened with a torque wrench. How high the torque for your vehicle should be, you will find in the manual of your car. Very important: The screws mustn’t be oiled or lubricated!