How to Rotate Tires at Home

Removing a wheel from a vehicle
If you’re a Bonham-area driver looking to tackle car maintenance tasks in your home garage, the service team at Bonham Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has some best practices to pass along. While we have plenty of vehicle maintenance tips and tricks to pass along, here we’ll explain how to do a tire rotation from the comfort of your garage. Keep in mind, completing a tire rotation requires a lot of heavy lifting and the ability to follow a somewhat complex process. If you’d prefer to leave this task to the professionals, you can schedule service at Bonham Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. To learn a little more about this process, explore our guide below.

When Should Tire Rotations Be Performed?

Stay safe on Denison roads with properly rotated tires. It is recommended that vehicles with front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive should have a tire rotation every 5,000 – 7,500 miles. All-wheel drive vehicles should have their tires rotated every 3,000 – 5,000 miles or so. For an exact interval be sure to consult your owner’s manual.

Tire Rotation Patterns

Depending on the drivetrain of a vehicle, the tires will need to be moved to specific positions. Explore the tire rotation patterns below:

  • FWD Tires: Move the front tires to the rear, keeping them on the same side they were on. However, when the rear tires move to the front, the rear right tire should go to the front left, and the rear left tire should move to the front right position.
  • RWD Tires: Move the rear tires to the front, keeping them on the same side they were on. However, when the front tires move to the rear, the front right tire should go to the rear left, and the front left tire should go to the rear right position.

How to Rotate Tires at Home

If you’re wondering how to rotate tires at home, here’s an idea of what to expect:

  1. Ensure the parking brake is on.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts on all four wheels.
  3. Using the car jack, lift up one wheel, then place a car jack stand beneath it.
  4. Remove the tires one by one, making sure you can easily remember their previous position.
  5. Check the tire pressure of each tire and fill them if needed. From there, rotate the tires according to the rotation pattern for your drivetrain. When you put the tires back on their wheel mounts, screw the lug nuts back on as tightly as possible.
  6. Lower the car from the jack stands and finish tightening up the lug nuts with the lug nut wrench. When tightening the lug nuts, follow a diagonal star pattern to help them tighten evenly. If the tightening is uneven, the brake rotors may experience warping.

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