Got a tire tool, and took. the old tire off VERY easily. The new tire installed easily, too. HOWEVER, when I release the tool, the side with the tool on it aligns just fine, but the side opposite the tool will not align. Instructions? Suggestions? Prayers?
Are you using the tool to push the rim into place? Do you have it latched? If the rim was aligned when you took the tire off it should be aligned when you put the new tire on.
Terry- can you post a photo "from above" the rim and tool attached, so that we can see the alignment. Most likely alignment of the spreader is the problem and a photo will help us see. Don't continue trying to spread the rim because improper alignment can ruin the rim.
This link will help you. Look at Jay's post near the end.
I've found that it's easiest to put the rim jack on the side of the rim that has the inside "lip". See the photos. If you mount it on the other side, you'll have a harder time getting it to pop. I also put talcum powder inside the tire and around the tube to help everything move during the assembly. Good luck! TM
I made these two pictures today, but they don't really show what you were asking.
I have used a turnbuckle on my split rims. Last year I also bought a proper split rim tool, but I found it harder to use than the turnbuckle
If you haven't got any fitting turnbuckle - use your Ford jack for spreading the rim when closing it:
(Picture by Steve Hughes, Raymond, NE)
I used a turnbuckle on another tire, and also a jack as the picture above shows - both with no luck as it spreads the side of the rim with the lugs, but not the other side.
Good link, Mark
The solution if the rim won't spread even would be Eugene V. Adams idea to use curved board pieces you can cut yourself: