Tire studs are a common way of creating winterised tires that help your vehicle stay on the road. Small, metal studs are inserted into the tread of the tires to create enhanced traction on slippery roads, but in some cases the tires may have enough tread left on them to be of use in the summer time, provided the studs are removed first. Luckily, there are a few common tools on the market to help facilitate removing the tire studs.
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Pliers and Lubricant
Two of the most common tools used to remove tire studs are a pair of pliers and some tire lubricant. Pliers are generally only useful on tires that have some of their tread already worn off, and the tire must be deflated prior to using the pliers to remove the studs. Once the tire is deflated, the rubber on the treads can be spread open slightly, allowing the pliers to be used to grip the studs and remove them.
Side cutters, otherwise known as diagonal pliers, are intended primarily to cut wires rather than pulling, prying or turning things, but they can be used in a pinch to pull tire studs off older tires. The tires need to be deflated first, and the cutters must be inserted into the actual hole of the tire stud to grip the stud at least halfway down its shaft. Apply leverage to the handle of the cutters to remove the tire stud.
Manual Stud Removal Tool
Manual tire stud removal tools are the most common way to remove one stud at a time from a tire. They have a handle that can be gripped and a head that can be attached to the stud itself. Once the tire is deflated, the head of the tool is attached to a tire stud, and pressure can be applied to pry the stud out of the rubber tread.
Air-driven Stud Removal Tool
The most efficient way of removing tire studs from any type of tire is with an air-driven stud removal tool. This tool requires an air compressor, hose and a ratchet to operate. The tool is attached to the ratchet which, in turn is attached to the hose and the compressor, and the tool is placed over the tire stud. The trigger of the device is pulled, at which point air pressure is used within the device to automatically pry the tire stud out of the tire.
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