Make sure your run-flat tires are correctly mounted.

Whether you're doing it yourself or seeking assistance from an installer, there are a few things you need to know about mounting run-flat tires. And about servicing tire pressure monitoring systems when run-flat tires are involved. You can read more about that here, as we'll focus primarily on the mounting issues.

For starters, choose an installer that's equipped with a roller-based mounting machine. It's more accurate, as it consistently loosens the beads. Any other way requires accuracy on the technician's part. We're not trying to downplay their ability to serve you with other mounting methods, but it's best to ensure that installation is as accurate as possible.

The mounting machine itself is what loosens the beads, though the machine should never touch the wheel. And sidewall damage can occur if the machine comes in contact with the tire at a point that's too far away from the beads. In addition, the installer should always use a lubricant to smooth the process. Read "Tips on Mounting Run-Flat Tires" for complete details.

If you're concerned about finding an installer that knows the process, feel free to search our national network of thousands of independent Recommended Installers. You can trust that any installer we recommend is an installer that's capable of getting the job done perfectly.

And as always, search our extensive collection of tires by vehicle if you're in need of a replacement set.

Comments

Sunday, September 18, 2011 by Jim Caldwell

Looking for run flat tires that can be used on a 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Monday, September 19, 2011 by spencer@tirerack.com

Hello. Are you on the 17" or 18" option?

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