Tire Swap - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Tire Swap

April 11, 2013

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

As the long-term clock on our VW Beetle winds down, we need to mount the original tires and wheels back on the car. Rather than wait for the car at Stoke's, our local tire shop, Magrath and I decided to do it ourselves at our own shop.

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Had I known we were doing this, I probably would have chosen something other than a dress shirt with French cuffs in the morning. But what the heck, I'm up for a challenge.

Swapping wheels when you have a two-post Rotary lift is certainly easier than floor jacks. It only took us a few minutes per corner. I did fail, however, at keeping the shirt spotless. You can see a small smudge on the cuff in the picture above. But hey, that's all there was. My jeans, by comparison, were a mess.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 17,672 miles


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    It is way easier with the lift. And with a car that has lug bolts like the Beetle instead of lug nuts, it's even easier if you just barely get the tires off of the floor before doing the swap instead of having them a foot and a half up in the air, and then you have to hold them there with one hand (or with your jeans-clad legs...) while you get the first bolt started. Those things are over 50 lbs. apiece.

  • diondi diondi Posts:

    Agreed, and I find it very annoying that German manufacturers use lug bolts instead of studs and nuts.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I've had 3 cars with them. I'm so used to jacking up just barely off the floor that I don't notice any difference between the two arrangements. I have encountered broken-off and buggered-up studs and bolts, and replacing a bad bolt is a lot easier than replacing a bad stud.

  • huybui huybui Posts:

    nice looking Porsche!

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    time for Edmunds to purchase a couple of jumpsuits for the team to do quick work in.

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