Gedore Torque Wrench attached to a tyre bolt

Wheel And Tyre Change With GEDORE

From winter to summer and back: twice a year, many drivers have to change their tyres

A rule of thumb specifies when a tyre change is due: from October to Easter, winter tyres should be put on the rims. In the spring and summer months, summer tyres are the safest option. The tread composition and depth of the tread and the composition of the rubber are adapted to the different temperatures of winter and summer tyres. With direct effects on grip, abrasion and handling. The right tyres are therefore a basic prerequisite for safe driving. Changing tyres is easier than some drivers think. If you have a knack for screwing or a helping hand with a little bit of foreknowledge, you don't necessarily have to go to the garage for a tyre change. But, as always: safety first.

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Instructions for perfect tyre change with GEDORE


Truck is jacked up for the wheel change

Make sure that the handbrake is applied and 1st gear is engaged. You can also put a wheel chock behind the wheels so that the car cannot roll away. The car should stand on a level and solid surface so that it cannot slip off the car jack when the car is jacked up later.


GEDORE Teleksop ratchet applied to a wheel nut

Before cranking up the car with the jack, loosen all wheel nuts crosswise by half a turn with the help of our telescopic ratchet. The joint of the telescopic ratchet allows a working angle that protects the fenders from damage. If you have a rim lock instead of a wheel bolt, then you should be careful not to use an impact wrench when loosening with the corresponding rim lock socket.


For the change from aluminium rims to steel rims or vice versa, different wheel nuts are often necessary. It is best to keep them handy in the glove compartment.


Wheel on a truck is removed for wheel change
With the help of the jack brought to the correct height, you can unscrew the loosened wheel nuts and remove the tyre. If the tyre cannot be loosened directly, any rim, no matter how tight it is, can be loosened from the wheel hub with sensitive kicks. The loosened screws can be stored ideally in the magnetic trays.


The wheel hub is cleaned with a wire brush

Afterwards you should remove the dirt from the tyres and mark them with chalk to keep the position of the wheel on the vehicle for the next change. The wheel hub should also be cleaned of rust or other foreign matter using a wire brush before the new wheel is fitted.


The wheel nut, which is at the top of the wheel hanging in the air, should be the last to be removed. This way the wheel does not tilt and twist, which of course makes your work easier. When you loosen the last nut, you should already hold the wheel. Finally only this one wheel nut holds the complete tyre.


The tread depth of the tyre is checked with the tyre tread gauge

When did you last check the tread depth of your tyres? Because the tread depth also determines whether a new set of tyres needs to be fitted. A minimum tread depth of 1.6 mm is required by law. If the tread depth is lower, traction is also reduced and the tyres lose road grip, which in turn increases the risk of slipping. This means that the tread depth not only increases traction but also driving safety, which is why a tread depth of 4 mm is recommended for winter tyres. A tyre tread depth gauge will help you to answer the question about your tyre tread depth. You can easily check the tread depth yourself. However, if it is found that the tread depth is no longer sufficient, the professional can take over in the workshop: either have new tyres fitted when removing them or have the replacement scheduled for the next change.


Mounting the new wheel with a GEDORE torque wrench

The new tyre is now placed on the wheel hub. Make sure that the holes in the rim match those in the wheel suspension. Only then all wheel nuts can be screwed on hand-tight and crosswise.


To save work during the next tyre change when removing the tyres, it is recommended to lubricate the wheel hub with some copper paste.


Tighten wheel nuts with a power wrench insert

Then the car is lowered again and the wheel nuts are tightened. For this purpose, a torque wrench with 40-200 N·m is recommended, as with this wrench the optimum torque is achieved when tightening the screws and a too tight or too loose screw connection is prevented. Aluminium rims in particular can be damaged quickly and thus endanger driving safety. It is important that the correct torque wrench is selected for this. GEDORE recommends the golden mean: If you use the wrench in the torque range of 120 N·m, for example, your wrench should cover a range of 40 to 200 N·m.


After the first 50 kilometres after changing the wheel, the bolted connection can be checked with a torque wrench

After changing a tyre, it is essential to check the air pressure of the tyres. After a distance of approx. 50 kilometers you should check the fitting of the wheel studs once again, as they can become loose over time. To do this, it is best to retighten all nuts once again with a torque wrench.


After changing the tyres, it is essential to check the air pressure of the tyres. For newer cars, the tyre pressure must be confirmed in the on-board computer and synchronized with the vehicle again if necessary.

Solutions from GEDORE for the Bi-annual Tyre Change

GEDORE tools for changing wheels and tyres
If you have the highest demands when changing tyres, you will find the appropriate equipment as well as other helpful tools, which make wheel changes even easier, in our premium line. For example, you can use the Kneeling board 906 made of foam, it saves the movement into the squatting position and protects your knees and back. The Impact Socket 1/2" set K 19 LS-004 for the rim-preserving tyre change and Telescopic reversible ratchet 1/2" 1993 TU-10 and a cross wrench are suitable for uncomplicated loosening of the screws in no time. The Three square scraper 133 K is ideal for cleaning the wheel hub, especially after the winter season when the salt has settled. In addition, a wire brush can be used to remove coarse dirt from the wheel hub with little effort. With the Tyre lever 38 16 you can easily mount and dismount the tyre on the rim. Our Work gloves FastFit 920 ensure a secure grip and protection of your hands. With the help of our Balance weight pliers 8276-250 C the weights of the rims are removed without any problems - exactly the right tool for balancing the tyres. A wheel centering bolt helps to center the aluminum wheel on the wheel hub and rim lock openings without damaging it and thus prevents tiresome readjustment. The Torque wrench Dremas­ter UK ½“ 40-200 N·m DMUK 200 and the torque wrench TORCOFLEX UK Set 1/2"3550-UK-LS4, are used for controlled tightening of the wheel nuts to the specified torque.

Best Choice: 3550-UK-LS4

GEDORE Torque Wrench Torcoflex UK on the metal surface of a tool trolley


The TORCOFLEX UK 1/2" from GEDORE with test certification to DIN EN ISO 6789:2017 provides controlled screw tightening from 40 to 200 N·m, and is the perfect drive tool for socket inserts. Precise working is guaranteed by the easy-to-use torque adjuster that is set at the end of the handle.

The 1/2" extension piece minimizes scratches on the wing and the size 17, 19 and 21 mm impact sockets with protective sleeve protect the wing.

Controlled tightening and loosening with integrated 1/2" drive - made possible with by the TORCOFLEX with integrated bi-directional operation.

With an actuating accuracy of +/-3% tolerance of the set scale value, GEDORE TORCOFLEX actually exceed the DIN EN ISO 6789-2:2017 requirements of +/-4%.

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Various views of the GEDORE torque wrench UK LS-04

Advantages at a Glance

Graphic of the TORCOFLEX Uk ls 04 set with product advantages in Bullet points

Solutions from GEDORE red for the Bi-annual Tyre Change

When we talk about changing tyres, we usually mean changing wheels. That is, the seasonal change from summer to winter or winter to summer tyres. If you change the wheels yourself instead of going to the workshop, you can save a lot of money over the years. With the tools from GEDORE red, changing tyres is child's play. Perfectly suited for this tasks are the Impact socket set ½“ R63043003, the Telescopic ratchet R60010027 to loosen the screws, the Torque wrench 40-200 N·m R68900200 for controlled tightening of the screws, the Tyre lever R90600171, with which you can pull the tyre onto the rim, the Magnetic tray R19102000, for the storage of the rim bolts, a balancing pliers for balancing the tyres and the Wire brush R93700043 to clean the wheel hub, the tyre and a jack to jack up the vehicle.
GEDORE red tools for tyre change

Best Choice: R68903011

Changing the tyre of an old Mercedes with the GEDORE red torque wrench

Wheel mounting kit

The universal wheel mounting set for precise and flexible wheel and tyre changes - because sometimes it has to be done quickly and correctly.

A movable magnetic tray with a protective coating on the base serves to securely hold the wheel bolts. If they are no longer needed, the enclosed cloth bag offers a good storage possibility. To check the tread depths - 1.6 mm according to the regulations, 3 mm for summer and 4 mm for winter tyres - the set contains a tire tread depth gauge. With the help of the chalk the stored wheels can be easily marked and labelled.

The robust plastic and space-saving partitioning of the GEDORE red case minimise weight and also keep things tidy.

As a special extra, the wheel mounting kit contains a voucher for the first calibration of the torque wrench included.

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Various views of the GEDORE torque wrench wheel mounting set

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Graphic of the GEDORE red wheel mounting set with product advantages in Bullet points

Quick Guide

Wheel and Tyre Change

The wheel of a RAM truck is changed

All important steps in a short overview:

1. Engage first gear and apply handbrake

2. Loosen wheel nuts slightly crosswise

3. Lift the vehicle with jack

4. Unscrew wheel nuts completely

5. Remove the tyre

6. Clean hub and apply copper paste

7. Put on a new tyre

8. Insert wheel bolts and tighten them handtight crosswise

9. Lower the vehicle again

10. Tighten wheel nuts with a torque wrench

Check tyre pressure

12. Tightening