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Old 11-02-2011, 12:09 PM   #1
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Default Price for mounting a snow tire on a wheel

Long story short, I have 4 snow tires, one year old, and 4 steel rims that I bought on ebay, in like new condition (take-offs). Just needed to get them mounted and balanced. So I called around for prices.

Sears wanted 23 each.
Adirondack Tire - 20.
Goodyear - 17
Mavis - 15
Mavis (2nd location) - 10.

So I got it done for 10 each at Mavis. They were good to deal with, despite
being quite busy, I would go there again. And, yes, new valve stems.

I have the impression that all the places I called except the 2nd Mavis gave me the same price as for a full snow tire changeover, but I just needed half of that job since the tires were off the car and nothing to dismount. And I am sure I told them exactly what I needed.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:15 PM   #2
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Part of that is probably because mounting and balancing is much more time-consuming than just popping the old tires off. I'd say it's about 90% of the job, not half, and I wouldn't charge any different for those services.
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:18 PM   #3
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Some of those prices are high as i assume the wheel size is only 15, 16 or 17". Around here, everything is based upon wheel size. Most places want $25/per for 18"
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:29 PM   #4
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Some of those prices are high as i assume the wheel size is only 15, 16 or 17". Around here, everything is based upon wheel size. Most places want $25/per for 18"
+1. What size/aspect ratio are the tires? The prices seem high for anything not high-performance.

Shops around here are stuck in the '60's. They all charge more for tires lower than 50 profile and there's also an upcharge for wheels larger than 17". There's an upcharge for the sticky wheel weights as opposed to rim-clamp weights.

As far as "full snow service" aka - swapping tires... man, I just had a shop charge me eight-fucking-dollars / tire to dismount and dispose of 3 tires. And these things were 14" 55 profile! Last time I'm going to that store. $5 is more than fair and some places just do it free if you drop 'em off and they can do them in their downtime.

So - "Full Swap" could be $5-$8 more expensive than mount+balance.
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:33 PM   #5
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The wheels are 15". Tires are 195/65R15. Honda Accord.
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:46 PM   #6
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For steelies and snow tires, I'd just mount them up by hand with a couple prybars and some dish soap, then take them to the shop to get them balanced. It's really not that difficult once you get the hang of it.
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:47 PM   #7
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$40 a set for mounting and balancing isn't too bad.
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:46 PM   #8
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Try walmart next time. Last time I went there it was $6 or $8 each for full swap mount and balance.
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:06 PM   #9
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I had guy charge me 17.00 for 1 dam tire and wheel. I never went back.
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:15 PM   #10
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A Typical price in my city is $25 - $30 per wheel , mount and balance. Silly money IMHO!

Fortunately I have a buddy with a tire shop.

He gets beer in exchange!
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:33 PM   #11
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I mounted my own tires and then took them to the cheapest tire shop to have them balanced. I don't own a balancer, and don't want one because it would never pay for itself.
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:34 PM   #12
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The only place I trust to mount and balance tires charges $2.00 per inch. That includes dismount,mount and balance stick on weights on alloy wheels and clamp weights on steel wheels. If I bring in loose wheels and tires its less. If you buy tires from them its included in the price.
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:47 PM   #13
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Try walmart next time. Last time I went there it was $6 or $8 each for full swap mount and balance.
I tried to call Walmart to ask about their prices, but they never answer the phone.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:05 PM   #14
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There really isn't much point in balancing winter tires on steel wheels unless the wheels are damaged.
If you are that concerned, you can buy a cheap bubble balance device that will be accurate enough. The amount of snow that sticks in the tread of snow tires negates the need for an accurate balance.
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I mounted my own tires and then took them to the cheapest tire shop to have them balanced. I don't own a balancer, and don't want one because it would never pay for itself.
Don't be so sure, I've seen several go for a couple hundred buck in working order.
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Don't be so sure, I've seen several go for a couple hundred buck in working order.
That's why I own one.
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:59 AM   #17
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I bought mechanical tirechanger in the 70's for 35$ and it has paid for it's self over and over. The neat thing is it was in my dad's garage while he ran it in the 50/ 60's and the new owner went to a more modern changer.
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Believe it or not but Walmart does this for pretty cheap.
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