Damage free tyre change?

Discussion in 'Wheels, Tyres, Brakes & Suspension' started by mark44, Jun 29, 2017.

  1. mark44

    mark44 Active Member

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    What is the safest way to avoid alloy damage when having your tyres changed?

    Obviously going somewhere you have been before and not had a problem is one possibility, but is there a superior type of tyre extractor a fitter should be using or technique I should ask if they do?

    About to do a 4-tyre change and was a bit wary about the options with some of the online suppliers who use independent or mobile fitters.

    Thanks
     
  2. GP801

    GP801 MB Enthusiast

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    I have used Event Tyres mobile service many times. No damage so far and I am very fussy. Failing that our local wheel refurb shop is happy to swap tyres fro a small fee
     
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    Easy....avoid Kwik Fit.
     
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    My tyre man uses a set of rim protectors that clamp round the outer rim edge. Then he just uses a standard tyre changing machine, never had any damage when having tyres changed.
     
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    clk320x Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Not only alloys,I get very concerned about where the trolley jack goes, I've had sills and floor pan damaged in the past
     
  8. Allan AMG

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    Tyres on the drive have been good as well as the local Costco.
    I was informed long ago a decent tyre machine should never mark the alloys, they have nylon guides. It's generally the **** operators with the levers if needed or really old and worn machines.
    KwikFit and ATS have in the past marked previously alloys owned by myself and friends. I learnt from that mistake, many many years ago :)
     

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