Status: 29.11.2023, 15:39 PM
By: Stella Henrich
If you want to winterize your tyres yourself, there are a few things you should keep in mind when fitting them. Caution is advised, especially with the lug nuts.
Bremen \u2 For drivers, it is mandatory to change tyres from summer to winter tyres. This situational winter tyre obligation is regulated in § 3 para. 36a of the Road Traffic Act (StVO). It states: "The driver of a motor vehicle may only drive in black ice, slippery snow, slush, icy or icy conditions if all wheels are equipped with tyres which, without prejudice to the general requirements for tyres, meet the requirements of § 4 (<>) of the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations."
After all, the right tyres are something like a life insurance policy for drivers – and not just in the cold season. Three models completely fail the ADAC winter tyre test. But even the right tyres at the wrong time of year increase the risk of accidents, according to the experts at Buß geldkatalog.org. Fitted winter tyres, for example, led to a longer braking distance in summer. Therefore, the tires should always be changed in time to be safe on the road. But it's not just the season that plays a decisive role in the change.
Winterizing your car: Check tires for damage and tighten nuts
Many drivers often change the tires of their vehicle themselves. Therefore, if you want to be safe on the road and in curves, you should check already used refien for damage, advise experts from the ADAC traffic club.
This is what you need to keep in mind when changing tyres:
- Timing: "October to Easter" is a good indication for changing tyres from summer to winter tyres
- Storage: Tyres should be stored - dry, cool, hanging or lying down and protected from sunlight and heat
- Material: Wheel bolts should not have any damage
- Cleanliness: The threads of the screw connections and the contact surfaces must be clean and free of rust
- Lubricants: Threads should always not be lubricated
- Tip: Tyres that have already been used should be checked for damage
- Source: ADAC Verkehrsclub
Screws and wheel nuts should also not show any damage. According to the ADAC, wheel nuts should be replaced if necessary or tightened after changing the tires. According to TÜV Süd, the general recommendation is to tighten the wheel nuts after installation if you have driven about 50 to 100 kilometers with the changed tires. However, wheel bolts are not tightened with the prescribed torque, TÜV Süd criticises a common mistake when changing tyres.
Winterizing your car: Loose screw? Screws that are too tight also put a strain on the material
"Too loose is just as bad as too tight. If the screws are tightened too lightly, the wheel can come loose while driving," says TÜV Süd. Wheel bolts that were too tightly tightened put a strain on the material of the wheel or rim and the wheel bolts and bolts and were harder to loosen the next time the wheels were changed. It is not advisable to rely on your feelings. The TÜV experts therefore advise "to use a calibrated torque wrench".
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Winterize your car: Take a step-by-step approach to changing the tyres and check the screws. (Symbolic image) © Rüdiger Rebmann/imago
Here's how to change tires step by step:
In addition, drivers should also check the air pressure of the tyres after changing the wheels. According to figures from the Federal Statistical Office, around 1000 accidents occur annually because of tyres (as of 12 July 2023). Autobild.de cites as a reason for this that the air pressure in the tires is often neglected and checked too rarely or even incorrectly, because drivers do not know which value is the right one for their own tires. "The right air pressure in the tires leads to problems that can be avoided."