How to Rotate Tires at Home

Removing a wheel from a vehicle
Rotating your tires is an essential step when performing routine maintenance on your . Routinely rotated tires provide better traction and handling on Dallas roads and length your tires’ lifespan. Whether you decide to learn how to rotate tires at home to save on maintenance or save yourself the hassle and bring your car in for maintenance, Bob Moore Service Centers will give you the expertise necessary to perform this job correctly.

Why is Tire Rotation Necessary?

Driving habits such as turning one way more than the other, make your tires wear unevenly. By rotating your tires regularly, all your tires bear the brunt of road-wear evenly, making them last longer. This way, you can replace them at the same time rather than having to replace them more frequently and one at a time as each one wears out.

How Often to Rotate Your Tires

Rear-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive vehicles need a tire rotation every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. AWD vehicles need tire rotation every 3,000 to 5,000 miles due to the engine sending power to all four tires, making them wear faster. Check your owner’s manual for a more precise estimate of when your tires need rotating.

Tire Position

The first step to learning how to do a tire rotation is positioning each tire for the best results. See below for how to position your tires, depending on what drivetrain your car has.

  • FWD Tires: Move the front tires to the back in the same left-right position. When you move the rear tires to the front, switch their positions.
  • RWD Tires: When rotating tires on an RWD car, the opposite is true. Move the rear tires to the front in the left-right position. When you move the front tires to the rear, switch their positions.

How to Do a Tire Rotation

To learn how to rotate tires at home in Dallas, you need to gather a few tools: car jack, lug nut wrench, and a set of car jacks. Then follow the steps below:

  1. Ensure your car’s parking brake is engaged before beginning.
  2. Start by unscrewing the lug nuts on each tire to loosen them without taking them off entirely.
  3. Lift one wheel with a car jack and prop it up on a jack stand.
  4. Remove each tire one at a time.
  5. Refill your tires to optimal tire pressure. Then replace the tire in the correct position according to your car’s drivetrain.
  6. Once all tires have been rotated, lower the car off the jack stands and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Work the lug nuts diagonally for even tightening.

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