How to Remove a Tire from a Rim

By Jed Lehman •  Updated: 02/02/23 •  3 min read

Car tires play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and stability of your vehicle. Whether you need to change a flat tire or simply want to switch to a new set of tires, understanding how to remove a tire from a rim is an important skill to have. Removing a tire from a rim may seem like a challenging task, but with the right tools and a step-by-step approach, it can be done quickly and efficiently. This guide will provide a comprehensive overview of the tools, preparation, and techniques required to remove a car tire from a rim, making it a valuable resource for anyone looking to tackle this task.

Tools Required

Before you begin, you will need the following tools:

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  1. Park your car on a level surface and engage the emergency brake.
  2. Place wheel chocks around the front and back tires to prevent the car from moving.
  3. Use the tire jack to lift the car so that the tire you want to remove is off the ground.
  4. Locate the lug nuts on the tire you want to remove and loosen them using the lug wrench. Do not remove them completely yet.

Removing the Tire

  1. Spray penetrating oil around the circumference of the tire where it meets the rim. This will make it easier to remove the tire from the rim if it’s stuck. (optional)
  2. Finish removing the lug nuts and place them in a safe place where you won’t lose them.
  3. Hold the tire at the top and bottom and gently rock it back and forth to break the seal between the tire and the rim.
  4. If the tire is still stuck, use pliers to gently pry the tire away from the rim. Be careful not to damage the rim.
  5. Once the tire is loose, gently pull it off the rim.

Replacing the Tire

To replace the tire, simply repeat the steps in reverse. Start by fitting the new tire onto the rim, tighten the lug nuts, and lower the car back to the ground using the tire jack.


Removing a tire from a rim may seem intimidating, but with the right tools and a little bit of effort, it can be done in no time. By following these steps, you will be able to remove and replace your car tires with ease.

Jed Lehman

Jed Lehman is a born gearhead who has been working on cars since he could crawl. He inherited his love for auto from his grandfather who owned a maintenance shop in Carlsbad, California. Jed is the driver behind Gearshift, and started this site to provide straightforward, helpful automobile information. From maintenance tips to product reviews, you can find it all here.