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Loosening the lug nuts to detach tyre from rim

How To Remove A Car Tyre From Rim - Step By Step Guide

Have you ever been in a situation where you need to change a flat tyre, but aren't sure how to remove it from the rim?

No worries! This guide will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to tackle this task on your own.

What Tools Do You Need?

  • Jack: To lift the vehicle off the ground safely.
  • Lug Wrench: To loosen the lug nuts holding the tyre in place.
  • Valve Core Tool: To release air pressure from the tyre.
  • Tyre Lever(s): To pry the tyre off the rim.
  • Safety gloves: To protect your hands during the process.

Step-By-Step Guide To Removing Tyre From Rim

Step 1: Loosen The Lug Nuts

Begin by using the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts on the wheel. You should do this while the car is still on the ground to prevent the wheel from spinning.

Turn the lug wrench counterclockwise to loosen the nuts slightly, but avoid removing them entirely.

Step 2: Lift The Vehicle

Use the jack to raise the vehicle. Position the jack under the designated jacking point; refer to your car’s manual for the exact location.

Carefully pump the jack handle until the wheel is off the ground, ensuring it’s high enough for you to work comfortably.

Step 3: Remove The Lug Nuts And Wheel

Now that the vehicle is lifted, completely remove the loosened lug nuts and set them aside in a safe place. Carefully remove the wheel from the wheelbase.

If the wheel is stuck, gently kick the tyre from behind to release it.

Step 4: Release Air Pressure

Before proceeding, use the valve core tool to release the air pressure from the tyre. Press the tool onto the valve stem until you hear a hiss, indicating that the air is being released.

This step will make it easier to remove the tyre from the rim.

Step 5: Pry The Tyre Off The Rim

This step requires careful attention to avoid damaging the tyre or rim.

Insert the tyre lever between the tyre bead and the rim. Gently push the lever downward to dislodge one side of the tyre from the rim.

Repeat this process at regular intervals around the circumference of the tyre until one side is completely separated.

Step 6: Remove The Tyre From The Rim

Once one side of the tyre is detached, carefully work your way around the rim, using the tyre lever to remove the other side. Take your time and be patient to prevent any accidental punctures or cuts to the tyre.

Step 7: Inspect The Tyre And Rim

With the tyre successfully removed, inspect both the tyre and the rim for any signs of damage or wear.

Check for punctures, cracks, or uneven wear on the tyre. Additionally, examine the rim for any dents or deformations that may impact tyre performance.


Removing a car tyre from its rim might seem daunting, but with the right tools and guidance, it becomes a manageable task. By following this guide, you can safely and confidently remove a tyre from its rim.

Now you have the knowledge and know-how to handle this situation like a pro!

Louis from Tyre Geek


I'm Louis, an engineer passionate about helping Australians choose better tyres for their vehicles!