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How to Use a Manual Tire Changer

by Alexander Poirier

Manual tire changers allow users to change a tire on its rim with just the tool and their bare hands. The tool is made up of a mount to hold the wheel and a pry bar to remove and install the tires. To use the device, you must simply pry the old tire off the rim with the pry bar and pry the new tire onto the rim with the same tool.

Press on the valve stem to open it and allow all of the air in the tire to escape.

Place the tire on the triangular wedge sticking up from one of the tire changer's legs. The wedge should be lined up so that it hits directly where the edge of the tire hits the rim.

Insert the drop down wedge into the space between the tire and the rim. Insert the pry bar into the slot on the side of the tire changer and push it down to pry the tire from the rim.

Rotate the tire 180 degrees and repeat Steps 2 and 3.

Flip the tire over and repeat Steps 2, 3 and 4.

Unscrew the top of the machine and place the tire onto the stem that is revealed. Place the "spider" lock washer on top of the tire and screw the top of the machine back on.

Apply lubricant to the edge of the tire. Insert the flat end of the pry bar into the space in between the tire and the rim and rotate the pry bar clockwise around the tire to remove the edge of the tire from the rim.

Lift the tire up and insert the flat end of the pry bar into the space between the other side of the tire and rim. Rotate the pry bar clockwise around the tire to remove the tire completely from the rim.

Apply lubricant around the edges of the new tire. Set the new tire on top of the rim.

Insert the flat end of the pry bar into the space in between the tire and rim. Lift up on the pry bar to pry the edge of the tire over the edge of the rim. Repeat around the circumference of the tire until that side of the tire is completely on the rim.

Push the tire down so that the side that is on the rim makes contact with the other side of the rim. Insert the hook end of the pry bar into the space in between the remaining side of the tire and the rim. Rotate the pry bar clockwise around the tire until the tire is fully on the rim.

Remove the tire from the manual tire changer.

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About the Author

Alexander Poirier began writing professionally in 2005. He worked as the editor-in-chief of the literary magazine "Calliope," garnering the magazine two APEX Awards for excellence in publication. Poirer graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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