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How To Remove a Tire From A Rim?

How To Remove a Tire From A Rim?


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We all know the struggle. You go to change your tire, and you can’t figure out how to get it off of the rim. It’s not that difficult! With this simple tutorial, I hope to teach you some tricks for removing tires from rims with ease.

Let’s take a look at what we’re dealing with here: the tire is on the top of the rim, there are two lugs on either side of each end of the wheel, and finally there is a metal part called an “extractor” which goes into those two holes where your lug nuts were fastened before loosening them up.

How to Remove a Tire From the Rim With Hand Tools

There are several ways you can remove your tire, but my favorite way is to use hand tools. It’s the right balance of not too complicated with enough room for error so that even if you’re inexperienced, things should work out okay.

Step 1: First, find a flat surface where you can rest your rim when the tire is about half off. You’ll want to use a jack or some other means of support in case it starts to fall off.

Step 2: Next, work with one side of the wheel at a time. Unscrew your lug nuts and remove them from the rim. If you have the lug nuts right in front of where your tire is resting, when you pull them out, it will help to move your tire away from that area.

Step 3: After that, use the flat end of a pry bar or screwdriver and gently push on one side of the tire. It doesn’t need to go far, just a few centimeters so that the tire lifts off of the rim.

Step 4: Then start to move it in a “sideways S” motion until you have worked your way all the way around and the tire pops right off. It might take a little wiggling back and forth, but eventually, it will almost fall off by itself.

Step 5: Once you’ve loosened one side, repeat the process to work on the other half for it to come off quickly and evenly. You can then replace your flat tire or move on to an optional step if you want to change tires at this time.

How to Remove a Tire From the Rim At Home?

If you’re not near a jack and do not want to buy one or can’t find an available one, then here is an alternative solution: removing the tire at home.

Step 1

First, get your rim on a solid surface such as concrete if possible. Using some blocks of wood will help again in case it does start to fall off. If you can’t, don’t worry. It’ll still work out if the ground is softer.

Step 2

With one end of your tire pointing towards your house, place your hand on top of it with all four fingertips pointing up towards the sky. Use them to stabilize the tire as you begin to push down and loosen it up.

Step 3

After a few seconds, you’ll begin to pinch it between your fingers and the rim as the tire starts to droop. If it’s not coming off, just keep pushing down on your hand until it begins to slip off. It might take a couple of minutes, but eventually, it will slide off or come loose!

Step 4

Once you’ve loosened one side, repeat the process to work on the other half for it to come off quickly and evenly. You can then replace your flat tire or move on to an optional step if you want to change tires at this time.

How To Remove a Tire From A Rim With A Tire Iron?

Using a tire iron is another common approach to removing your tire. However, some people do not like working with the sharp end of the prybar and prefer using it as more of a lever instead.

Step 1

First, get on top of your jack again since you will want to use that for support once again. Place your screwdriver or tire iron inside of one of the holes on your rim. Then, use it to push down and loosen up that side of the tire

Step 2

When you have a good amount of space between them, slide your hand in with three fingers pointing towards the ground. Use them to keep pressure on one part of the tire while it moves out of the way.

Step 3

When you’ve worked for your hand around, you can then continue to slide it back and forth until the tire comes off. It might take a few minutes, but if you keep working at it patiently, eventually, it will pop right off!

Step 4

With one side loosened up, repeat the process on the other half to get it off with ease. Once you’ve removed your tire, replace it or move on to an optional step if you want to change tires at this time.


Removing a tire from the rim isn’t that hard to do. If you cannot find anyone who can help you, then using jack is your only option. However, if possible, try and look for another vehicle or ask someone nearby if they can assist you. Fixing up your tire at home will cost you less than going to a tire repair shop, so it’s always worth a try. However, if you don’t have the tools needed to do this or aren’t good at working on cars, then going with a professional is typically recommended. Good luck!


Q. How often should I get my tires rotated?

If you are driving for more than 6,000 miles each year, it is ideal to have your tires rotated every 3,000 miles or once a year. However, if you go less than that, you can get away with doing this every 5,000 miles instead. Be sure to set up this appointment with your mechanic before your tires are 4/32″ or completely worn out because you will need them for reference.

Q. How much should it cost to have my tires rotated?

Each tire rotation costs about $50-$75 unless you get it done somewhere that is less expensive. If that’s the case, then you need to make sure that the place is reputable. Never go to an unknown shop or someone who’s not recommended because you never know what they can do to your vehicle! If you want to save even more money on this service, be sure to check out free rotation coupons online. With them, you can save up to $100.

Q. How do I know when my tires need to be rotated?

Be sure always to inspect your tires closely before you drive anywhere. By doing this, you can quickly tell if you need a rotation or not beforehand. If it looks like one side is wearing out faster than the other, then that means it’s time to get it replaced, rotated, or professionally inspected.