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Tire Demounting: The Right Way to Demount a Tire

Before Demounting

  • Always exhaust all air from a single tire and from both tires of a dual assembly prior to removing any wheel components such as nuts and rim clamps.

  • A broken rim part under pressure can blow apart and cause serious injury or death.

  • Make sure to remove valve core to exhaust all air from the tire. Remove both cores from a dual assembly. (When you remove the wheel lugs, if the tire is still under pressure, the assembly may fly apart.)

  • Check the valve stem by running a piece of wire through the stem to make sure it is not plugged. (Foreign material may clog the valve stem during deflation or ice may form as the air leaves the tire, clogging the valve stem.)

During Demounting

  • Demounting tools apply pressure to rim flanges to unseat tire beads, and keep your fingers clear. Always stand to one side and hold the tool with one hand when you apply hydraulic pressure. (If the tool slips off, it can fly with enough force to cause serious injury or death.)

  • Do not use tools in the vicinity of the flange butt weld.

After Demounting

  • Clean rims and repaint to stop detrimental effects of corrosion and facilitate checking and tire mounting. Be very careful to clean all dirt and rust from the lock ring and gutter. This is important to secure the lock ring in its proper position. A filter on the air inflation equipment to remove the moisture from the air line helps prevent corrosion. The filter should be checked periodically to see that it is working properly. (Parts must be clean for a proper fit - particularly the gutter section which holds the lock ring in its proper position.)