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When To Change A Tubeless Tyre & How To Do It Right?

Replacing a tubeless tyre is a relatively straightforward process that can be done with the right tools and a little bit of know-how.

When To Change A Tubeless Tyre?

It is generally recommended to change a tubeless tyre when the tread is worn out. The minimum legal tread depth for passenger tyres of light vehicles in the UAE is 1.6 mm. At this point, the tyre's ability to grip the road and provide traction in wet and dry conditions is significantly reduced, which can increase the risk of accidents and blowouts.

In addition to checking the tread depth, it is also a good idea to inspect the tyres regularly for any signs of visible damage, such as cuts, bulges, or cracks, which can indicate that the tyre needs to be replaced. Finally, if you experience any unusual vibrations or handling issues while driving, it is a good idea to have your tyres checked by a professional to ensure that they are in good condition.

10-Step Guide On How To Replace a Tubeless Tyre

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to replace a tubeless tyre.

  1. Gather the necessary tools: To replace a tubeless tyre, you will need the following tools:
    • Tyre jack
    • Lug wrench
    • Wheel chocks
    • Tyre iron or tyre spoon
    • Tyre repair kit (optional)
  2. Safely lift the vehicle: The first step in replacing a tubeless tyre is to safely lift the vehicle off the ground. If you are using a tyre jack, make sure to consult your owner's manual to determine the proper jacking points on your vehicle. It is also a good idea to place wheel chocks behind the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from rolling while it is jacked up.
  3. Loosen the lug nuts: Once the vehicle is securely jacked up, you can begin loosening the lug nuts that hold the tyre in place. Use a lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts, but do not remove them entirely at this point. It is essential to loosen the lug nuts before lifting the tyre off the ground, as this will make it easier to remove the tyre later on.
  4. Lift the tyre off the ground: Once the lug nuts are loosened, you can use the tyre jack to lift the tyre off the ground. Make sure to lift the tyre high enough so that you can easily access the tyre and the wheel hub.
  5. Remove the tyre: With the tyre off the ground, you can now remove the tyre from the wheel hub. To do this, use a tyre iron or tyre spoon to pry the tyre away from the wheel hub. If the tyre is stuck, you may need to use a little bit of force to loosen it. Once the tyre is free, you can remove it from the wheel hub.
  6. Inspect the wheel hub: Before installing the new tyre, it is a good idea to inspect the wheel hub for any damage or wear. Look for any cracks, dents, or other signs of damage that may affect the tyre's performance. If you find any damage, you may need to have the wheel hub repaired or replaced before you can install the new tyre.
  7. Install the new tyre: To install the new tyre, simply place it onto the wheel hub and push it into place. Make sure that the tyre is properly seated on the wheel hub and that the tyre bead is evenly seated around the rim.
  8. Replace the lug nuts: Once the new tyre is installed, you can replace the lug nuts and tighten them using the lug wrench. Make sure to tighten the lug nuts evenly, in a star pattern, to ensure that the tyre is securely fastened to the wheel hub.
  9. Lower the vehicle: Once the lug nuts are tightened, you can lower the vehicle back to the ground by slowly lowering the tyre jack. Make sure to double-check that the lug nuts are tightened to the proper torque, as specified in the owner's manual.
  10. Check the tyre pressure: Finally, make sure to check the tyre pressure of the new tyre and inflate it to the recommended pressure, as specified in the owner's manual or on the tyre placard.

In conclusion, replacing a tubeless car tyre is a fairly simple process that can be done with the right tools and a little bit of know-how. Just be sure to follow the steps outlined above, and you should be able to replace your tyre with ease.