• Tyre fitting should ideally be handled by professionals, trained in the art, as it is not an easy procedure. It can prove to be a highly dangerous one, if one does not factor in all the considerations. You can end up with fatal injuries, which could culminate in death. Extreme precautions have to be exercised, while carrying out this specialize procedure of tyre fitting.

    Make sure all the safety regulations that apply in the jurisdiction you live in, are conformed mandatorily. You have to ensure you are using the right accessories, when handling fitting of tyres, to ensure personal safety. Safety gear for this kind of work requires steel-capped shoes and coveralls over your clothing. It is compulsory in most places to wear face masks, or safety glasses that protect the eyes and earplugs to cover the ears. Wearing gloves, when handling tyres, helps to prevent your hands from coming in contact with grime and muck from the roads. Check what the legalities concerning rules and regulations in your region and make sure you comply with all the requirements.

    Manufacturers normally indicate a heavy point and low point on the tyres. These points have to be matched perfectly on the rim of the wheels, so you should position the points, as per the instructions. There are some tyres that are rotated in one particular direction. The manufacturers indicate the direction it has to be rotated by an arrow mark, so that you do not interchange the tyres wrongly. You can identify tyres that are symmetrical in some cases, as this will indicate clearly the tyre that is meant to be fitted on the left side against the one for the right side. Keep in mind that you can interchange tyres, if they are bi-directional in rotation, but cannot interchange those that are directional.

    You have to remember that if the tyres are directional, they cannot be interchanged and you can interchange them, as long as the tyres rotate bi-directionally. You will have to match the tyres with the rim of the wheel, when you fit the tyres. Make sure the tyre is not very narrow or extra wide for a particular rim. Each manufacturer takes care to let you know his recommendation for the range of rim sizes that can be used with the tyre. It is important to be aware of these pointers when choosing tyres to match particular rims.

    You need to always be careful when inflating tyres after the tyre fitting process. Over inflating the tyres can make them explode. Never inflate a tyre to more than 45 lbs per square inch or more than 300 kilopascals. Always use an inflator that enables you to be far from the tyre. It could be extremely dangerous to be close to a tyre when it explodes. The components of the tyre, the rim or the parts of the tyre changer can fly through the air at high speeds in the event of an explosion. Therefore you need to take precautions to avoid an explosion as much as possible. To be on the safe side, you need to stay clear of the tyre when it is being inflated.

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