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Fitting a tyre

Fitting a tyre on a wheel is a job for a professional. Don't take the risk of doing it yourself!

Refrain from fitting a tyre to, or removing it from, a rim unless you have the appropriate training and equipment. Leave this work to the professionals.

Your dealer will be careful to follow the manufacturer's instructions in the choice of tyre, preliminary inspection of the inside and outside appearance of the tyre and fitting and removal procedures.

Your dealer will also be careful to provide the following services to ensure your safety and the lifetime of your tyres:

Stay balanced!

This operation, necessary every time a tyre is fitted, suppresses vibrations. Your tyres therefore wear more slowly, as do the suspension, steering and running gear.

Changing a valve

A valve is an extremely important part of a tyre. It is used to check tyre pressure and inflate tyres. It also helps to keeping the tyre airtight in that the valve cap protects the inside from dust and damp. So check carefully that your tyre dealer replaces the valves when changing your tyres.

Setting the wheel alignment and geometry

If your dealer notices abnormal wear on your old tyres, they may suggest checking the wheel alignment and geometry. This additional service will help you prevent your tyres from wearing irregularly or abnormally fast.

Fitting new or less worn tyres at the rear

If you only change 2 out of the 4 tyres, whether you have a front- or rear-wheel-drive vehicle, we recommend you fit the newest tyres on the rear axle. This will give better safety in the event of unanticipated or difficult situations (emergency braking, tight bends etc.) particularly in the wet. Many tests have demonstrated that it is easier to control the front wheels than the rear.

The front tyres generally wear more quickly than those at the rear, particularly on front-wheel-drives (which represent the majority of vehicles at present).