How to Rotate Tires Yourself

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Keeping up with regular tire rotations is key to prolonging the lifespan of your tires. It is actually a simple task to perform on your own. If you are wondering how to rotate tires at home, the experts at Jackson Family of Dealerships would be happy to share some of our tips with our Decatur-area neighbors. Learn more about the benefits of this essential service below.

Why is Tire Rotation Necessary?

Tires do not wear evenly due to a variety of factors. The car’s drivetrain, road conditions, and your driving habits all play a role in the longevity of your tires. You can increase the lifespan of your tires in a variety of ways including frequent tire rotations and fuel-efficient driving, which puts less stress on your brakes and tires.  When one tire wears out more quickly than others, it will cause you to replace the set more often.

How Often Should I Perform a Tire Rotation?

Do you have a front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive vehicle? If so, a tire rotation should be done every 5,000-7,500 miles. If you have an all-wheel drive vehicle, this service will have to be done more frequently. It is best to have it done every 3,000-5,000 miles. Because all of the tires are actively engaged with this drivetrain, they experience more wear. Before you decide on a tire rotation schedule, be sure to take a look at your owner’s manual. The manufacturer may have different recommendations that should be followed.

Tire Position

  • FWD Tires: The tires in the front can be moved to the back in the same left/right positions. Switch the left and right tires when you move the rear tires to the front.
  • RWD Tires: The opposite is true with RWD vehicles. Move the rear tires to the front of the car in the same left/right positions. Switch the left and right front tires when you move them to the rear.

Rotating Your Tires

Before you can perform a tire rotation, there are a few supplies that you will need: a car jack, a lug nut wrench, and a set of car jacks. When you have everything that you need, follow the steps below:

  1. Engage the parking brake so your vehicle stays secure.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts on all four wheels, but they should not be taken off of the wheels completely. When the tire is elevated, it will make unscrewing them much less of a hassle.
  3. Lift up one wheel with a car jack and place the jack stand underneath it.
  4. Take the tires off one by one.
  5. Now is a good time to make sure your tires have enough air. If they don’t, fill them to the proper level and rotate them according to the appropriate pattern for your type of tires.
  6. Place the tire back onto the wheel mount and screw the lug nuts on by hand as far as possible.
  7. Lower the car from the jack stands and use the lug wrench to finish tightening the nuts. To make sure that they are tightened evenly and to prevent the brake rotor from warping, work the lug nuts diagonally from one to another in a star pattern.

Get Assistance With Tire Rotation at Jackson Family of Dealerships

If you do not feel confident performing a tire rotation on your own, don’t worry. The technicians at Jackson Family of Dealerships would be glad to perform this task for you. Set up an appointment at one of our service centers near Clinton and Mattoon. We use genuine OEM parts for better longevity and fit. You can also contact us with any questions. Use our at-home service guides to learn how to clean floor mats, adopt fuel-efficient driving habits, and much more!

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