Need to change one or more tyres on your vehicle? We recommend you go to a tyre fitting centre or garage: tyre fitting is a specialized job which should only be carried out by a professional. Here are all the details on fitting and changing tyres.
Fitting a new tyre onto a wheel rim involves a specific procedure that requires appropriate fitting equipment. The tyre fitter will make sure that the following key requirements are met by:
Checking that tyres meet legal standards, for instance with regard to the tyre structure or different levels of wear of tyres on the same axle.
Following your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations for tyre structure, size, speed rating, load index and pressure.
Checking the internal and external appearance of the tyre to detect any anomalies before fitting.
Following the correct fitting procedure: remove the old tyre, balance to prevent vibration and premature wear of the new tyre, suspension and steering, inflate to the recommended pressure, change the valve to conserve air tightness, check the fitting and rotation direction.
Taking into account the tyre’s features (e.g. short sidewalls, run-flat tyres, etc).
The valve plays a vital role in ensuring that tyres are airtight. Valves inevitably wear out over time. Remember to get the valve changed each time you change a tyre! Electronic valves don’t need to be changed as often because their metallic structure makes them harder wearing and gives them a lifespan of five to 10 years. Just check that the valve has not rusted and that the battery still works.
Tyre fitting rules
Make sure that all four tyres have the same structure (radial or diagonal). From a legal standpoint, you are allowed to fit different brands and tread patterns on the front and rear axles, but we advise you to fit identical tyres on all four wheels for better handling.
We would also recommend that you fit your new tyres on the rear axle. You may be tempted to fit them to the front because the front tyres tend to wear more quickly. However, for your safety, it’s better to fit new tyres to the rear axle because:
The rear axle is generally more difficult to control than the front axle.
New rear tyres will ensure better road holding, particularly in difficult driving conditions, such as tight cornering, wet and slippery road surfaces, emergency braking etc.