How To Take A Tire Off A Rim: Remove With Tool And By Hand

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By Robert Herrera

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Even the best tires eventually deteriorate from frequent usage and wear, and when it’s time to replace them, you’ll have to deal with detaching the tire from your rim. Although tire rim removal is not too complicated, it can still be quite confusing for some.If you want a guide on removing a tire from a rim, we got you covered. This article will walk you through the whole process of.

When You Need To Replace The Rims

While some rim wear indicators, such as scratches and dents, are easy to spot, others may not be. We have gathered some of the most common signs to help you out in detecting your required rim replacement.

Clunky Ride

It appears as though you have a flat tire when driving. You can feel and hear your tire hitting the road constantly, and the journey isn’t as smooth. If your tires are in good shape, the issue is most likely with the rims.

Poor Fuel Economy

You might need to look at the tires if you notice you need to fill the gas tank more frequently than usual while not traveling very far. The effectiveness of your vehicle’s fuel system might be directly impacted by flat tires and rims that are out of shape.

Car Shaking

Suppose you can feel your car shaking in an unusual way every time you drive. This occurs when your rear tire rims are misaligned or deformed. When this happens to you, you need to rectify it as soon as possible to prevent any accidents on the road.

Unsmooth Breaks

Earlier, the breaks were smooth and solid, making it simple to stop at yellow lights and hairpin curves. Now you notice that they don’t strike as hard or that the tire pulls to one side even after you hit the break. This only appears when the tire rims are bent. We advise making an urgent trip to a rim repair specialist. The result may be dangerous driving conditions.

Consistent Tire Inflate Required

The tire may deflate as a result of bent rims. This is the reason why you continually have to inflate the tires when there is actually nothing wrong with them: the bent rim places pressure on the tire, leading to air leaks. If you see these symptoms, it’s time to call in a tire and rim repair professional.

How To Remove Tire From Rim By Hand

Remove Tire From Rim By Hand

The following section will walk you through everything you know to successfully remove your old tire from the rim by hand.

Tools You Need

  • Lubricant
  • Knife
  • Pry bar
  • Pliers
  • Tire bead breaker
  • Valve core remover
  • Screwdriver

Step-By-Step Guide

Step 1: Deflate your tire by removing the air cap and valve core.

Place your tire on a flat surface, such as the ground, and look for the air valve hole, which is a tiny metallic or rubber object. Your valve comes with a cap that you must remove (by turning counterclockwise) to see the valve core inside. The core of the valve is a metal piece that helps inflate the tire’s tube and, when removed, deflates the tire.

Step 2: Pull the tire’s bead away from the rim.

The tire’s braided border tightly fitted to the rim is known as the bead. Set it in front of a big vehicle for the quickest and easiest removal without additional tools. With caution, drive the automobile and run over the rubber part, not the metal one. As a result, the rubber will be forced downward, and the bead will be moved out of the rim’s groove.

Another option is to use a sharp knife to cut through extremely tenacious beads. But if you cut through, the tire will suffer significant, permanent damage. When cutting, put the tire flat on the ground and run the saw along the piece closest to the edge, being careful not to stray toward the metal wheel to protect it from damage.

In case you have a bead breaker in hand, you can use it to separate your rims and tires. The bead can be removed from the rim without doing any harm with the help of this handy tool.

Step 3: Secure the tire’s sidewalls using your feet.

Put the tire on some carpeting or anything similar to stop it from slipping. Start by facing down the front portion of the rim. Step down firmly on the rubber portion of the tire. It is safe to stand or kneel on it, which will hold the wheel in position. This increases your leverage against the bead and lessens the possibility of rim damage.

Step 4: Spread lubricant around the rim.

Apply copious amounts of any readily available lubricant, such as dish soap/detergent or oil, around the rim and tire’s edges. Make sure the oil reaches the rim’s inner surface as well. It is easier to draw the tire out over the edge of the rim when it is lubricated.

Step 5: Lift your tire over the rim’s upper lip using a pry bar and flathead screwdriver.

Start by working on one tire side. Press down on the rubber part to position it under the rim’s edge. Lift the pry bar after sliding it under the rubber to get the bead above the rim. Then, use the pry bar to hold the tire secured and maneuver the screwdriver around the wheel.

Step 6: Remove the rim on the opposite side with the screwdriver and pry bar.

The top edge of the rim will now become impaled on the lower bead, leaving the rim’s bottom half free. Put the screwdriver below the rim after raising it as high as you can. Next, insert the pry bar and lift the rim up and toward you with it. As you get closer to being able to take the rim out, keep repeating this on either side of the wheel.

How To Get A Tire Off A Rim With A Manual Tire Replacing Machine

Get A Tire Off A Rim with machine

Although performing this task by hand is not too difficult, it is somewhat physically demanding. Therefore, not everyone favors this approach. Luckily, you can complete this process using a manual tire replacement machine.

Tools You Need

  • Plywood board (at least 34-inch thick)
  • Screwdriver
  • Pen
  • Metal rod
  • Lubricant
  • Core removal tool
  • Bolts

Step-By-Step Guide

Step 1: Trace the machine’s outline.

To mark the locations of the bolts, put the machine over a board and sketch its outline. You can use all types of panels as long as they are thick enough.

Step 2: Secure the machine onto the board using a screwdriver, nuts, and bolts.

Screw the bolts into your board at the marked holes. The best option for this is to use bolts that are 5 inches long and 12 inches in diameter. Turn the board over, place the machine over the screwed bolts, and tighten each with a washer and nut.

Step 3: Deflate your tire.

Find the air valve and take off the cap to reveal the core inside. Deflate the tire by placing the core extraction device inside the valve and turning counterclockwise.

Step 4: Place your tire on the replacement machine and secure it.

Put the deflated tire and the rim on the tire-changing machine. The wheel’s front should face upward, and the rim should be secured to the little triangular nub at the base. After that, press the machine’s arm against the rim’s rubber edge.

Step 5: Remove the tire’s bead with the replacement rod.

Most tire-changing machines include a changing rod to assist in removing the tire. Any metal rod will do, as long as it has a tip on one end. When the changing rod is inserted into the arm’s open end, the arm will slowly apply pressure on the rubber to expose the wheel.

As you rotate the tire, apply pressure to every part of the rim’s edge with the tire changer arm. Turn the tire over and repeat the procedure once more to break the bead completely.

Step 6: Put and fasten the tire on the machine.

Slide the tire over your central tube that connects to the machine arm to position it over the top of the machine. One of the lug nut holes in the rim should be covered by the smaller spoke next to the center tube. Put the bracket piece, the big ring with four spokes, into place.

When you begin to bring the bead over your rim, the spokes stop the tire from moving. Put the cap on and tighten it by turning it in a clockwise direction.

Step 7: Put lubricant on the rim’s edge.

Apply substantial amounts of lubrication to the wheel’s edge and surrounding rubber before attempting to remove the tire. Notice to ensure the oil reaches under the rim.

Step 8: Pry the tire off the rim with the replacing rod.

Put a gentle push between the rim and the rubber part with the changing rod’s pointed end, then raise the bead over the edge. Move the rod around the rim. When every piece of the tire has been detached from the wheel, push the rod all the way to the tire’s bottom. Repeat the procedure to release the tire from the wheel.

What You Can Do With Old Tires And Rims

Just because the tires are now old doesn’t mean you have to throw them away. Here are a few ways to take advantage of your used tires.


Let’s say your old tires or rims are still reusable, and you want to take advantage of them. In this case, you can insert a pressure piece with soft, rounded edges between the rubber part and the opposite vice jaw. If not, the flanks will suffer damage from the sharp edges. Also, the vice’s pressure point should be quite near the rim’s shoulder.

To complete it, you will need the previously stated mounting iron. The tire is firmly pushed with both hands on one side of the low bed. There, you attach the tire iron and easily lever the rubber part over the rim flange.


Recycle Or Upcycle

Suppose you can’t reuse your tires or rims anymore; it would be best to recycle them. Tires cannot decompose biologically. They will take hundreds of years to decompose if illegally dumped, causing many environmental problems, so avoid doing it.

Chemicals are discharged into the air and soil when the tires break down, which is hazardous for the ecosystem. You can find a recycling facility or a garbage collection service and ask them to accept your used tires and rims. They will happily handle the job for you. Otherwise, your tire shop might collect old tires and rims, so you can call and ask them.

Some people would rather utilize their creativity to recycle used tires/rims at home. With the correct equipment, tires can be converted into nearly anything, including patio decor, furniture, flower pots, and children’s play structures. Meanwhile, a metal rim will make a distinctive coffee table base or anything you can come up with!

The possibilities are unlimited, and creating something useful from used tires is a terrific way to prevent them from ending up in landfills.

Sell Or Donate

What if your tires and rims are in good shape and you just want to upgrade them with more personalized ones? Then think of selling those old stuff at tire shops, recycling centers, or online marketplaces. Anyway, you will get some bucks back.

Donating the tires and rims is another option, given that there are facilities in your neighborhood that accept your donation.

Note: If selling those tires/rims is your choice, don’t forget to list all the vehicles compatible with your old tires and rims.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Better To Remove The Tires By Hand Or With The Changing Machine?

There is no better method, just the one that suits you more. If you are handy, you can do it manually. On the contrary, it is best to let the machine do its job when you don’t know how to do it using the former method. Using a replacement machine may help you finish the job much quicker.

Does Removing A Tire From Rim Damage It?

No, in most cases. Removing a tire from the rim won’t take a toll on it when you use the correct technique. Still, the beads of particularly old tires may tear because they are brittle. Thus, it is best to avoid using excessive force or twisting motion when performing the task.

How Many Times Can I Take Tires Off Rims?

Although there is no exact number of times, we still recommend you shouldn’t perform this process on the same tire/rim combo more than 5 times. This is because we notice that even if the rubber has not yet worn out after five seasons of usage, it is too old and susceptible to failure and cracking.

How Do I Get A Tire Off The Rim Without Scratching It?

The best answer is to be extra careful during the removal procedure. When you insert the irons, be sure to pull the tire up and keep the iron against your tire rather than against the rim. Plus, remember to always use the proper tools for this task to minimize the chance of getting the rim or tire scratched.

The Bottom Line

Now you know the methods and tool to remove tire from rim. If you follow our instructions and take the required safety precautions, you will be able to remove tires from rims securely and effectively without leaving any damage or harm.

You can either go for the by-hand or machine method. We suggest you choose the latter if you can access the tool, as the process will be much faster and more convenient. In case you are still unsure about your ability to do the task on your own, then bringing your car to a reliable auto store is a smart move.

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Robert Herrera

President & Automotive Expert at COR Wheels

Robert Herrera has been with COR Wheels for 17 years and has a great passion for the automotive industry. During his time at COR Wheels, he has driven and test-driven a variety of vehicles.

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