R.I.M Program Short Course

    R.I.M ProgramR.I.M.™ It's a word you use every day. And it's a word that could save your life.

    Remember these ideas:

    • Read the tire and wheel to make sure they're the same size.
    • Inspect the wheel for rust, bent flanges, or cracks that could cause problems, and the tire for damage.
    • Mount the tire safely. Never stand over the tire while inflating it. TIRE EXPLOSIONS CAN BE DEADLY!

    Many people are killed each year by exploding tires. Many others are seriously injured. We want to keep you safe and on the job. And that's where R.I.M.™comes in.

    Read. Inspect. Mount.

    Keep reading. You can finish this page in less than five minutes. Even if you've been changing tires for 20 years, you might learn something new--something that could help keep you safe.

    Use Common Sense

    Always start with common sense. Wear safety glasses. And even when you get to the point where you could change a tire in your sleep – don't. That's when you're going to get hurt. Be aware of what's going on around you. That's what the pros do. And that's how they stay safe on the job.


    R.I.M. ProgramMounting and inflating the wrong size tire can get you hurt. Read the size on the tire and make sure it matches the rim exactly. Be especially careful about putting a smaller tire on a larger rim, such as a 16 inch tire on a 16.5 inch rim. Overinflation of a mismatched tire and rim can cause an explosion.


    Before you put any tire on a rim, inspect the rim for rust, rough spots, bent edges, and cracks that could prevent the tire from seating right. If you spot any of these problems, don't mount the tire until the rim has been checked by your shop foreman.


    Once you've made sure the tire is the right size and the rim is OK, mount the tire safely. NEVER, ever put any part of your body over the tire when you're inflating it. If a tire does explode, it will go straight up. You don't want to be over the tire if that happens. Also, never inflate a tire beyond 40 psi to seat the bead. If the tire hasn't seated at 40 psi, something's wrong. Deflate the tire and check it and the rim again.