How to do a Tire Rotation at Home

Row of tires

Do you like taking your car care into your own hands? Learn how to rotate your tires at home so you can smoothly get around Port Huron-area roads. This important routine maintenance task can help gain better traction on the road and extend the life of the tires. Follow along with this guide to learn how to do a tire rotation, and contact us at Moran Blue Water Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to assist you with any questions along the way.

Importance of Tire Rotations

Tires can see uneven wear based on individual driving habits and road conditions around Saint Clair. When turning, the edges of the front tires will see greater wear than the rear and will help contribute to uneven wear. If those tires aren’t shifted, drivers end up paying for replacement tires more often, while rotating the tires will help extend the overall life.

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When Should Tires be Rotated?

Typically, service technicians recommend rotating the tires of a front- or rear-wheel drive vehicle every 5,000 miles to 7,500 miles. Since all the tires are engaged on all-wheel drive vehicles, the tires tend to see quicker wear. It is recommended that they see more frequent changes every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Verify the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule by checking the vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Rotating Based on Tire Position

  • FWD Tires: When rotating the tires, move the front tires straight back, keeping the same left/right position. Next, the rear tires will move to the front and swap sides. The rear left tire will become the front right and likewise with the rear right tire.
  • RWD Tires: RWD vehicles will be the opposite of FWD tires. The rear tires move to the front on the same side, while the front tires will move back and flip sides.

Steps for How to do a Tire Rotation

Marysville drivers attempting to rotate tires at home will need a car jack and a lug nut wrench. Follow along with these easy steps for rotating tires:

  1. Pull the parking brake as an extra precaution.
  2. To make unscrewing the tires easier when the vehicle is lifted, loosen the lug nuts on all four wheels without removing them completely.
  3. Lift the first wheel with a car jack and stabilize it with a jack stand underneath it.
  4. Remove each of the tires.
  5. Ensure that the tires are properly filled. Recommended PSI can be found in the owner’s manual.
  6. Rotate the tires in the pattern that correspond to the vehicle’s drivetrain. Set the tire back onto the wheel mount and replace the lug nut by hand as much as possible.
  7. Remove the vehicle from the jack stands and continue tightening the lug nuts. The best pattern to tighten the lug nuts is to move diagonally, crossing in a star pattern to ensure they are even. When the lug nuts aren’t tightened evenly, it can cause the brake rotor to warp.

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Learn More About Car Care with Moran Blue Water Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!

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