How to Do a Tire Rotation 

If you’re a Austin DIY-er, then you’re probably looking to save money by rotating your tires at home. Whether you choose to rotate your tires yourself or take your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram to a local service center, tire rotation is an important maintenance step to ensure that your car runs properly on Round Rock roads. Rotating your tires regularly can provide better traction and extend the life of your tires. Follow our guide below to learn how to do a tire rotation the correct way.

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Why is Tire Rotation Necessary?

Tires don’t wear evenly because of driving habits and the condition of Cedar Park roads. Generally, the outside edges of the front tires show greater wear while the rear wheels wear more evenly. When you rotate your tires, you’re ensuring an even wear across all four tires, making your ride more stable and lengthening the lives of your tires. 

How Often to Rotate Your Tires 

Your tires will need to be rotated at different times, based on your vehicle and your driving habits. Generally, front_ and rear-wheel drive vehicles need their tires rotated every 5,000-7,500 miles. All-wheel drive vehicles need to be rotated every 3,000-5,000 miles because each tire is actively engaged when you drive on Cedar Park roads. To make sure you’re changing your tires at the proper time, check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for precise instructions. 

FWD & RWD Tire Rotation Pattern 

When it’s time to rotate your tires, you’ll change their positions based on what kind of drivetrain you have. Follow the instructions below for FWD and RWD drivetrains:

  • FWD Tires: Move the front tires to the back of the car in their same left and right positions. When you move the rear tires to the front, switch the right and left tire.
  • RWD Tires: On a RWD car, the rear tires should be moved to the front of the car in their same left and right positions. The left and right front tires need to be switched when you move them to the rear. 

How to Rotate Tires at Home

Now that you know how to rotate your tires, grab the following tools:

  • Car jack
  • Lug nut wrench
  • A set of car jacks 

Once you have these tools, follow these seven easy steps on how to do a tire rotation:

  1. Make sure the car is in Park. 
  2. Loosen the lug nuts on all four wheels — but don’t take them all the way off — so unscrewing them is easier when the tire is elevated. 
  3. Lift up one wheel at a time with the car jack and place a jack stand underneath it on a secure part of the car’s frame. Do this until the car is resting on all four jack stands.
  4. Remove the tires one by one, making notes on which tire is which.
  5. Take a moment to ensure that all your tires have the proper amount of air in them. Once you’ve checked and filled your tires, rotate them according to the appropriate pattern for FWD or RWD cars.
  6. After you’ve rotated them, place the tire back onto the wheel mount and screw the lug nuts on by hand as far as you can.
  7. Lower the car from the jack stands one wheel at a time and use the lug wrench to finish tightening the nuts. Tighten the lug nuts diagonally from one to another in a star pattern to make sure they’re tightened evenly.

Get Assistance With Tire Rotation at Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Don’t have the tools you need or the time to rotate your tires? If not, the expert mechanics at Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram can rotate them for you! In addition, we offer a variety of service specials available for 

Georgetown drivers. Schedule a service appointment today and we’ll have you back on the road in no time!

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