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Default How to change a tire with a Harbor Freight Pittsburgh Tire Changer

Hi guys. I haven't written anything in a while due to life getting in the way, Cecilia being broken with a part I can't find (but should be arriving any day) and other kid related nonsense so when the opportunity came to swap out tires on the Redhead's F250 truck (old ones were falling apart) I pulled out the old tire changing station again.

It cost $45 bucks from Harborfreight.com


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Every time I get this out I spend another hour trying to figure out how to use it again. Then I finally get the hang of things after the first three, and the last one goes on in about 20 minutes. The directions are of no help.

So here's a step by step on using that sucker for anyone with a manual tire changer or with a hankering for self torture. Sure, I could pay $20 bucks to have some professional put it on, but that's about $60.00 an hour for tire changing. I'm worth that much, right?

Ok, so here goes!

Step 1. Plop the old tire on the hump on the side that's supposed to hold it while you pop the bead. Now remove the valve stem with a $5.00 valve stem removal tool. Be ready for it to fly out of there when you pull the tool out. Don't lose it!



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Step 2.
Put the bead popper on the tire right where the tire enters the rim, but just a 1/4 inch off the rim. You'll have to hold it there with your foot while you push down. If it doesn't break with three tries, spin the tire 6" and try a different spot. Once it breaks, spin it around and keep breaking the bead until that side of the tire is free of the rim. Then flip the tire over and do the same again.



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Step 3.
Now for the secret - put a bead of motor oil around the bead on both sides. Not a lot, just a dribble around the edge where the tire meets the rim. DONT SKIP THIS STEP!



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Step 4.
Now move the tire to the top post and lock it in place with the lug hole post and the spin-on holding rod. Make sure the pretty side is facing upward.

Rub some oil on the tire removal rod. Poke the tire removal rod through the tire and brace it against the center post. You should be able to just push against the post and it'll run the tire off the rim. Don't be afraid to really bang it if you need to, but the front of the tire is the easiest.



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Step 5
Do the same for the back of the tire. That one's the toughest. This is the hardest part of the whole thing.



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