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Not all tire changes are alike

Tire changes are a standard service at any automotive repair facility.

As simple of a process as it may seem, some tires require further attention.

Two prime examples of this are low-profile tires and run-flat tires.

It can be easy to assume that the stock wheels on your vehicle wouldn't

have these installed. But, that is not the case. Modern trends have encouraged

inclusion of larger wheels with lower profile tires on many of the sporty trim

packages. This creates a need for additional care and effort into the removal and

installation process. Today we have a good example of this, so let's down to the


Here you will find a gorgeous 2021 BMW M850i xDrive. 523 horsepower and

553lbs of glorious torque only a pedal tap away? Yes, please! But, solid power

needs solid delivery. And, with an all wheel drive system such as this with BMW's

xDrive... it is even more crucial. Meanwhile, back to the job at hand.

The vehicle experienced a flat tire. Due to this, it was taken to the closest

repair shop and the tire was plugged. Be warned! This is not correct. This car

came with run-flat tires.

These tires in particular were designed that once punctured, they can

drive 50 miles (while safely driving under 50 mph) without tire pressure. This

is to allow you to drive to a repair facility. Then, they must be replaced. They

are not designed to be plugged. Once punctured, the tire composition is

designed only to withstand a certain distance. The structural strength of the

tire is compromised and will create risk to drive thereafter.

So, we have it here today for replacement. Thus bringing us to the removal

and installation process. Since this car is quite sporty, it also features large 20"

wheels with low profile tires. So we are looking at a run-flat low-profile tire


How does this affect the process? Well, the durable kevlar composition of

the run-flat is much less workable in the process. Then, add to it being low-profile

and you have even further increased the difficulty in the removal & installation


Overall, when completing a service such as this, here are some core

factors you must consider before getting started:

  • TPMS sensor location

  • Front or Reverse Mount Wheels

  • Finish Present on Wheel

  • Size of Wheel

  • Tire Composition/Type of Tire

  • Pressure Rating of Tire

So, be aware of what tires you have on your vehicle. Or, as a servicing

technician, be aware of what tires are installed on the vehicle you are about

to put hands on. Awareness is crucial to both complete the task and minimize

issues/damage to the vehicle.

Thank you for reading!


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