Spring Is Coming! A Guide to Winter Tire Removal for Automotive Training Students

Winter Tire Removal
With that spring feeling in the air, vehicles need to get ready for the new season. So, just as you and your clients put away winter clothes, vehicles also need to put away their winter gear and have those winter tires removed.
At CATI, you’ll get hands-on training, knowledge and experience in the ins and outs of what’s involved in servicing and operating different types of vehicles as an automotive mechanic. You should be prepared as a professional auto mechanic to remove winter tires for your customers throughout your career.
Read on to discover how to remove winter tires for your customers when the spring season arrives!

Change Winter Tires When It’s Warm After Your Auto Mechanic Training

As an automotive mechanic, your knowledge and experience in the field will help you advise your customers on the best options and maintenance procedures for prolonging the lifespan of their vehicles. That could include their winter tires. When it’s springtime and the weather starts climbing into the double digits (positive double digits, no less!), then it’ll be time to make a switch over to summer or all-season tires. After completing your automotive training, you should be able to know when it’s the right time to change customers’ winter tires. It’s also a good idea to ask your customers what their insurance policy recommends in terms of changing winter tires. Some insurance companies set a specific date for winter tire removal, so you’ll want to do your best to be mindful of it.

Ensure Your Customers Cover and Store Their Winter Tires Correctly

After you graduate from auto mechanics school, there’s a lot of advice that you’ll be able to pass along to your customers, including how they can properly store their winter tires. 
For example, your customers should be made aware that they should cover and store their winter tires inside rather than outdoors. Your customers should wrap each tire tightly and separately while removing as much air as possible in the process. Also, the tires should be stored in a closed-off cool and dry place that’s not affected by weather conditions or temperature fluctuations. This will help increase the longevity of the tires and prevent them from wearing out. 

Winter Tire Removal
After automotive training, you’ll be able to give your customers plenty of helpful tips

You’ll Need to Re-torque the Wheel Nuts

When you remove winter tires and install summer or all-season tires, it’s a good time to assess the condition of the wheel nuts—also known as lug nuts. Alloy and plain steel wheels usually need servicing when it’s time for winter tires or any other tires to be removed. This is often the case because while driving, the wheels pick up small pieces of dirt and rust that get in between the central hub of your customers’ vehicles and their wheels.

Winter Tire Removal
You’ll need to re-torque the wheel nuts after removing winter tires and installing all-season or summer tires

If the wheel nuts aren’t properly taken care of, then they may eventually stop clamping properly. If the nuts become loose, the wheel might even come off, leading to a dangerous situation on the road.
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