Like cars and other vehicles, golf cars will occasionally need to have their wheels changed. This could be due to damage or normal wear, but regardless of the reason, it’s important to know how to change your golf car’s tires properly before beginning. To successfully change your tires, follow these tips for how to replace golf cart tires correctly.
Gather Your Tools
The first thing you’ll need to do is gather the tools you need for the job. Most of these materials are fairly standard, and you probably already have them lying around your house or in your tool collection. To change your golf car’s tires, you’ll need the following:
- A floor jack to raise your golf car
- A large piece of brick, wood, or another material that you can wedge under your car’s other wheels to stabilize it
- A tool such as a socket wrench or ratchet to remove the lug nuts of the tire
- The new tire you’ll be installing
Steps for Changing Your Golf Car’s Tire
The process of changing a golf car’s tire is similar to changing the tire of a standard vehicle. However, there are a few differences in the process due to the smaller size of a golf car and the sometimes differing structure of their wheels and tires. Follow the steps below to change your golf car’s wheels.
Raise your golf car up using the floor jack. You should aim to position the jack on the part of the chassis closest to the wheel you’ll be working on. Stabilize the other three tires with your brick, wood, or other sturdy material.
If your car has a wheel cover, remove it to expose the lug nuts. Then, use your tire tool to remove the lug nuts from the wheel. After removing the lug nuts, remove the wheel from the lug studs.
Sometimes, the wheel and tire of the car come preassembled. But if you are only replacing the tire—not the wheel—you’ll need to remove the valve stem from the tire stem to fully remove the tire. Your package should come with a tool for this purpose.
Next, place your tire flat on the ground and separate the rim from the tire. This should take some force—you'll know you’ve succeeded when you feel the bead that holds the rim and tire together break.
Using a tire iron or similar tire tool, apply force to the tire and rim until you’re able to remove the rim from the tire.
Using the replacement tire and the tire iron once again, push the rim into position within the new tire. Replace the valve in the tire and inflate the tire.
Finally, position the new tire correctly on the car with the tread going toward the front of the car. Then, put the lug nuts back on and tighten them. Lower the car from its position on the jack, and your new wheel is fully installed.
If you follow these tips for how to replace golf cart tires, you’ll have brand-new tires on your golf car in no time. Before you begin the replacement process, it’s important that you have good wheels to install. TNT Cart Parts has all the parts you need for a successful tire change—check out our store to find a golf cart wheel tire combo or other wheel and tire parts for your golf car.