FAQ: Tire Changer

Below are some of the tire changer questions we get asked at Greg Smith Equipment Sales:

Q: What makes your tire changers better than the competitors?

A: Greg Smith Equipment Sales is proud to be the exclusive dealer for the ATLAS product line in the USA. Tire Changers and wheel balancers may appear to be the same from the outside, but the quality of the component parts is what separates the ATLAS brand from all other Asian wheel service assembly factories.

Q: How do I use a wheel clamp tire changer?

A: Many of our customers at Greg Smith Equipment Sales who purchase an Atlas Tire Changer have never operated a wheel clamp tire changer. After you have read the manual that comes with each tire changer, click here for a guide on Breaking the Bead and Demounting and Mounting the Tire with a wheel clamp tire changer.

Q: Which model of tire changer should I buy?

A: That’s a tough question to answer! Wheel and tire manufacturers never consult the equipment manufacturers BEFORE new wheels and tires are produced. The tire and rim industry depends on “US,” the wheel service equipment manufacturers, to provide all the necessary equipment to service their “new ideas.”

Q: What is the biggest and smallest wheels that I can change with my new tire changer?

A: Just because the “outside clamping” range of tire changer is twenty-one (21) inches, does not mean that this tire changer will effectively clamp a twenty-one (21) inch rim. A twenty-one (21) inch rim is normally LARGER than twenty-one (21) inches in diameter. Measure a decorative wheel in your shop, and determine the exact measurement. (Include the rim lip) Remember that the clamping jaws need to have a clamping range of about two inches larger than the outside lip of the chrome wheel for the tire changer to be effective. The jaws need to expand out further than the rim’s edges for the rim to be properly positioned. The jaws must also have enough “travel” (back toward the center) to exert the pressure needed to hold the rim in place. A tire changer with an “outside clamping” range of twenty-four (24) inches WILL NOT change a twenty-four (24) decorative rim. You will need a tire changer with a twenty-six (26) “outside clamping” range to change the twenty-four (24) inch rim. Atlas large rim adapter and motorcycle adapter sets INCREASE the “outside clamping” range of our tire changers. ATV adapters DECREASE the “outside clamping” range of our tire changers.
Q: How does the tire changer hold the rim in place?

A: Steel automotive and truck wheels are “clamped” onto the wheel clamp tire changer using the INSIDE CLAMPING METHOD. Decorative wheels are “clamped” onto the wheel clamp tire changer using the OUTSIDE CLAMPING METHOD.

Q: How does a bead blaster work, and do I need one?

A: A tire changer’s bead blaster system delivers a large volume of highly pressured air into the cavity of a tubeless tire to help “seat the beads” of the tire to the wheel assembly. Many tubeless tires have extremely stiff sidewalls and the beads of these tires will not seat properly by just pumping air through the valve stem. (Even with the valve core removed).

Q: The vertical mounting bar on my ATLAS tire changer won’t lock in place. It appears the handle that locks the hexagonal mounting bar is not adjusted properly to securely tighten the mounting bar.

A: This issue is easily remedied by removing the plastic cap from the end of the upper arm and adjusting the nuts located inside. You may need to either tighten or loosen the bottom nuts until you find the position that allows the locking handle to work properly.

Q: What is the warranty on your tire changers at Greg Smith Equipment Sales?

A: All ATLAS brand tire changers and wheel balancers have a one year LIMITED parts only warranty. We do not provide in field service for these machines. At Greg Smith Equipment Sales, we stock all the parts for our machines. We will be glad to provide over the phone technical support to help you replace a part or diagnose a problem. We believe that you (or someone in your company) are mechanically inclined-or you would not have bought this equipment. If you will follow our instructions, you can easily repair our equipment.

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