How to Do a Tire Rotation Yourself

Mechanic with Tires

Wondering how to rotate tires at home? The Green Dodge service center wants to show you how to do a tire rotation yourself. Just follow the helpful guide to how to do a tire rotation we’ve provided below. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us



Why Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Tires don’t wear evenly. This is because your drivetrain, which tires are being used to turn, and the road conditions near your home in Chatham each affect your tires in unique ways. By rotating your tires, you spread the wear out evenly, which increases the overall lifespan of your tires. 

How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

If you drive a front or rear-wheel drive vehicle, your tires should be rotated every 5,000-7,500 miles. All-wheel drive vehicles on the other hand need their tires rotated every 3,000-5,000 miles. This is because AWD drivetrains engage all tires simultaneously as they drive around Rochester and thus wear them more quickly. Always check your owner’s manual for specifics for your model. 

How Drivetrains Affect Tire Rotation

  • FWD Tires: When rotating tires on FWD vehicles, move the front tires to the back of the car in the same left/right positions. Then, move the rear tires to the front, but switch the right and left tire.
  • RWD Tires: For RWD vehicles, do the opposite. Move the rear tires to the front of the car in the same left/right positions. Then, move the front tires to the rear of the car, but switch the left and right tire.

How to Rotate Tires at Home

Before you can learn how to rotate tires at home in Decatur, you’ll need these tools: 

  •  a car jack
  • a lug nut wrench
  •  and a set of car jacks

Once you have your tools, follow these steps: 

  1. Park your vehicle in a level place and engage your parking brake as a safety precaution.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts on all four wheels, but don’t take them all the way off. This step makes unscrewing them when the tire is elevated much easier.
  3. Lift up one wheel with a car jack and place the jack stand underneath it.
  4. Remove the tires one by one.
  5. Take this time to make sure your tires are filled to the optimal tire pressure. Once filled, you can rotate them according to the appropriate pattern for your type of tires. Place the tire back onto the wheel mount and screw the lug nuts on by hand as far as you can.
  6. Lower the car from the jack stands and use the lug wrench to finish tightening the nuts. It’s best to work the lug nuts diagonally from one to another in a star pattern to ensure even tightening. If the lug nuts aren’t tightened evenly it can cause the brake rotor to warp.

Green Dodge Can Rotate Your Tires For You

Want a professional to rotate your tires for you rather than learn how to do a tire rotation? Schedule service at our dealership in Springfield. We’ll be happy to help. 


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