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Old 02-19-2016, 08:28 PM   #1
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How much to swap out a tire?

I have a 98 Thomas MVP and 7 bus tires. 6 of the tires are installed on the bus, and of those, 5 look to be in great shape. The 6th mounted tire has much less tread on it. The 7th tire is new and is being stored in the lower bus storage compartment. I would like to swap places between tires 6 and 7 (use the oldest tire as a spare until I can get a brand new spare and install the new tire in it's place.)

I am very new to truck repair costs. About how much should it cost to drive my bus to a shop and have them remove the old tire and install the new tire?

And would you suggest I go to a national truck place(TA, Pilot, or Love's) or is it better to go to a tire specific store like Bridgestone, or perhaps a local truck mechanic?


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Old 02-19-2016, 09:52 PM   #2
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Save the good tire for later.

You want to keep the same size tires on the drive axle--all four need to be the same height or you will be having additional tire problems as one tire will be carrying more weight than another. Additionally, if one side is enough taller than the other you run the risk of burning out the rear end as it will always be differentialling.

Your best tires, and not a recap, should be up front.

If changing the tire you mean to swap one mounted tire for another it could cost anywhere from $15.00 to $100.00.

If there is a large truck stop near by that has a tire shop you will most likely find a lower price if you go during the business day during the week. Nights and weekends might be handier for you but many times the prices can be higher.
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Old 02-20-2016, 05:40 PM   #3
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A very interesting thing happens when you run mismatched tires, everything he said plus.... the taller tire does carry more weight but the shorter one actually skids due to the difference in radius and heats up and will probably be the first to blow because of heat. Had it happen to me. Run matched heights at all costs. Don't assume all tires of the same listed size actually are the same size. Different brands can measure different heights. Don't take chances on tires in a vehicle that large carrying that expensive of cargo, your loved ones
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Old 02-20-2016, 07:25 PM   #4
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Pilot and Love's are usually just a fuel stop and C-store and do NOT offer mechanical services.
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Old 02-20-2016, 08:07 PM   #5
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Pilot and Love's are usually just a fuel stop and C-store and do NOT offer mechanical services.

Some do. I've seen tire sales, some mechanical services, PM services.
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Old 02-20-2016, 08:23 PM   #6
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Tire info

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Pilot and Love's are usually just a fuel stop and C-store and do NOT offer mechanical services.
Yea most do now, good places for tire deals.
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Old 02-22-2016, 12:09 PM   #7
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All 6 installed tires on the bus are Goodyear. I had a mechanic friend check them out, and he said they were nice tires, and fairly expensive originally. 5 of them have lots of tread left, but the front drivers side tire is getting pretty low. He pointed out the wear bar, which has not been reached yet, but is getting close. The spare tire is not goodyear, but it is brand new.


So based on cowlitzcoach's comment that the best tires should be up front, should I have the spare installed on the front driver's side?

The spare tire does not have a rim attached, so I wouldn't be able to install it myself in an emergency, plus I'm not sure my air compressor would be strong enough to power the 3/4 impact wrench (which I don't own) needed to remove the wheel. So is it worth hanging on to the worn tire as a spare, or should I just sell it and use the storage space under the bus for something else?
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Old 02-22-2016, 03:39 PM   #8
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What's the date codes of the tire? If it is as new as you're saying I'd get one new one that matches the spare, mount both of those on the front and then keep your good front tire as the spare. That'd be the best way to do it.
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Old 02-22-2016, 04:58 PM   #9
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Agree with Booyah. You don't want mis-matched treads on the same axle, especially the steers.
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