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Old 10-27-2012, 03:28 PM   #51
Aries Pope
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Originally Posted by ralphykid67 View Post
My stupid question:

If I purchase a new rim/snow tire combo ready to it as easy as just removing my rims and throwing on the new ones? I'm aware of the TPMS sensor. Can I just use the wrench provided with my spare? (I have no experience with putting on new rims or rotating tires, I have however changed flats many times on other vehicles)

That question is: Do I need an alignment after I mount my new rims?
I put my new wheels on myself having only changed spares on other cars before either. I was stupid when I started, but learned a lot. Your question was on alignment (already answered), but let me also answer some of the other stupid questions I had when I first did this:

0) No TPMS connections on 2012, right? It's rotational inertia sensor, so just press the TPMS reset button in the glovebox once they're at proper PSI so the computer knows what they "look like".

1) Do you have wheel locks? I did, and this was the first car that did. Then I noticed there's a socket key in the hatch to crack the locks.

2) The wrench that comes with the car works, but it's short so low torque for sticky bolts. I picked up a Gorilla extensible wrench:

with my wheels which made things buttery. You'll need the right size socket too. I forget the size -- that's another stupid question to be asked.

3) I'm lazy and don't like holding the wheel on the hub while I thread the first bolt, so I got a wheel hanger guide:

Yeah, it's a bolt with the head cut off for $15 + S/H, but it makes things much easier and I for one think it's worth it. (See lazy above).

4) Gently tighten the wheel on to start. Then use a torque wrench and torque them down properly in a star pattern to the proper torque specs. (Double check the torque specs for your wheels). After driving 20 miles, re-torque them in case they loosened up any.
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Last edited by Aries Pope; 10-27-2012 at 05:01 PM. Reason: Changed retorque mileage to 20 from 50-100 to reflect Tire Rack recommendation.
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