ATV tires are an important part of the vehicle and must be kept in good condition for safe, reliable operation. So how to change an ATV tire? Changing your ATV tires is a job that needs to be done periodically to maintain optimal performance. Understanding what you need to do before you begin changing your ATV tires is key to ensuring that the process is smooth and successful.
Having the required and a little knowledge, it’s pretty easy to replace your ATV tires. This article will provide an overview of what is involved in changing an ATV tire and offer some tips on how to do it safely.
It’s recommended to have a manual for your ATV handy as well, so you can refer to it for specific instructions on how to change the tires on your particular make and model.
Step 1: Gather the Necessary Tools & Equipment
To change the tires on an ATV, you will need the following tools and equipment:
- Lug wrench or socket set: We will use it to remove the lug nuts that hold the tire.
- Jack: A floor jack or a scissor jack can be used to lift the ATV off the ground so that the tires can be removed.
- Wheel chock: Used for keeping the ATV stable while it is being lifted and the tires are being changed.
- Tire pressure gauge: Used for checking the tire pressure before and after the tires are changed.
- Valve stem tool: Used for removing the valve stem core and letting the air out of the tire.
- Bead breaker: In order to break the seal that connects the rim and the tire, we need a bead breaker. It will make the process of removing the tire much easier.
- New tires: You should carefully buy the right tire size as per the requirement of your ATV.
- Optionally, a torque wrench: We use this to effectively tighten the lug nuts as per the manufacturer’s specs.
Step 2: Preparation & Safety Tips Before You Start Changing the Tire
Before you attempt to change the tire yourself, it’s important to understand the safety tips and preparation needed for this kind of job. The steps below are useful to change the tires yourself.
- The initial step involves accumulating all the essential tools and equipment. The list has been provided above.
- Additionally, make sure that you are familiar with all safety precautions when changing tires such as wearing protective gear like gloves and goggles.
- Lastly, ensure that your ATV is securely parked by using chocks or blocks so that it won’t move while you’re changing the tire.
This includes making sure that the vehicle is parked in a safe area, having all necessary tools and protective gear to hand, and being prepared for any potential hazards. By taking proper safety measures and following the correct steps, you can ensure that your tire change will go as smoothly as possible.
Step 3: Removing the Old Tire From Your ATV
To remove the old tire from your ATV, you will need a few tools from the list we have mentioned above:
- Use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts on the wheel that you want to remove. Do not remove the lug nuts yet.
- Use a jack to lift the ATV off the ground, making sure to place the jack securely under the ATV’s frame.
- The lug nuts need to be removed and kept aside after lifting the ATV from the ground.
- Carefully remove the wheel from the ATV, being mindful of the brake rotor or drum if your ATV has one.
- After removing the wheel, you can see the tire. You can remove the tire using a tire lever or a screwdriver.
- Dispose of the old tire properly.
Step 4: Installing the New Tire onto the Wheel
To install a new tire onto the wheel of an ATV, you will need the new tire, the wheel, and a few tools, including a tire lever or a screwdriver.
- Take the new tire and place it onto the wheel, making sure that the valve stem is in the correct position.
- Begin mounting the tire onto the wheel by working your way around the circumference of the wheel, using your hands or a tire lever to push the tire onto the wheel.
- The moment the tire is placed on the wheel, you should use a tire gauge for checking the air pressure. If there is a difference from the recommended pressure, inflate the tire.
- Carefully place the wheel and tire assembly back onto the ATV, making sure that the rotor or drum, if your ATV has one, is lined up properly with the wheel.
- Follow that up by replacing the lug nuts and then tightening them using a lug wrench.
- Once the lug nuts are tightened, lower the ATV to the ground and double-check the air pressure in the tire.
- Repeat the process on other tires if necessary
- Always be sure to check the torque on lug nuts after driving for a short distance, and then after a few more miles
Changing the tire of an ATV is a relatively simple process that requires patience and the correct tools. It is important to be aware of safety precautions such as wearing safety gear and using jack stands when changing the tire.
Once you have the correct equipment and are in a safe area, you can begin the process by removing the lug nuts and wheel, replacing it with a new ones, and then tightening up all of the lug nuts. After you are done replacing the tire, ensure you go on a short test drive to check if things were done correctly.