What's Included in a Tire Installation Service?
There are labor costs involved in any automotive service – mounting of new tires is no different.
Professional tire mounting, installation, and balancing is critical to help ensure optimum tire life and overall vehicle safety. Improperly balanced tires can cause unpleasant vibrations that can lead to premature tire and suspension wear. Improperly mounted tires can lead to tire failure, possibly leading to an accident.
Tire/Wheel Removal from Car
Tire Removal from Wheel
TPMS Sensor Inspection/Renewal
Next, the TPMS Sensor is inspected and serviced. On most newer vehicles, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS for short) is fitted to monitor the air pressure in each tire. When new tires are fitted, these TPMS sensors need serviced with new seals to help ensure proper long-term operation. These new seals are what is included as part of your Goodyear.com tire installation price.
Also note that in some cases, TPMS sensors will need replaced. The cost of these sensors is not included in the standard installation package. At the direction of your Goodyear tire installer, these will be paid for locally. In some cases, these TPMS sensors are part of the valve stem – the rubber or steel nub sticking out from your wheel where you can check air pressure. On some cars, these valve stems may need replaced when new tires are mounted.
Mounting New Tire to Wheel
Balancing Wheel/Tire Assembly
Next up is balancing the wheel and tire assembly. A tire balancing machine is used to spin the assembly and detect any heavy spots. The high-tech balancing machine will stop the wheel from spinning at the exact spot where weights will need to be added to balance out the rotating assembly. This process continues until each wheel and tire are balanced – as any wheel imbalance can cause a bumpy ride, rapid tire wear, and possibly cause accelerated wear to suspension and drivetrain components.
Mounting Wheel/Tire to Car
Finally, the technician will mount each wheel and tire back on the car. The lug nuts will be torqued to the proper tightness as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. Once the service bay lift is lowered and the car is back on the ground, the torque will be double-checked with a torque wrench to ensure the wheels stay where they should be. At this point, the air pressures will be set to the proper levels as required by the car manufacturer as noted by the tire placard and/or owner’s manual.
As you can see, there is a great deal of time, labor, machinery, and detail that goes into the total cost of a tire installation. Your Goodyear Tire & Service network location cares about you and your car and will work with you to ensure that your car gets exactly what it needs.
*Tire installation pricing is only valid for tire purchases made on Goodyear.com and is subject to change without notice.