I just changed my oil and anti freeze for the first time on my 2007 sol no problems -- now I want to get new tires in the spring my question is can I have new tires installed with out having my rims all mark up and damaged---:brentil:
Yes you can just let them know what shape they are in before they work on them . Maybe take pictures of your rims when you get to the tire shop. Make sure they have the pucks for the lifting points so they don't damage the fenders when they put it in the air.
I am very wary of this myself as I have had 4 experiences with the local discount tire stores scratching up the faces of wheels on a few of my family's cars. The closest store to me is terrible about this and has scratched our wheels on 3 occasions and each time tried to deny the fact that there machine caused the damage. The other location gouged my aftermarket wheels, but did replace the entire set.
Now I only go to a performance shop in Ft. Worth, 1 hour drive for me, but they use a Hunter mounting machine which does not hold the wheels with metal claws in the way the machines at most shops do. If you are truly concerned about wheel damage find a shop with a Hunter.
Thanks for the info- I called three places to see if they could change them they said there will be scratches on the rims - so I will kept looking----Has anyone tried to change them with hand tools being care full .... I have a bead breaker but I don't no if I could do it......
You may want to look for a place that sells custom rims. They will have a machine that doesn't scratch the rim. I would also make sure you have someone inspect your rims before the tires are changed to verify their current condition.
Discount Tire in the beginning did a good job. Maybe its the fact that I did not take my off them. lol. But i did take it again months later and did notice they dented the rim just a bit. But I decided to let it go but something to consider.
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