Tread on your tires is important for handling, turning, braking, and all other aspects involving your tires. That is why it is important to rotate your tires when appropriate to help balance the tread where they receive. This can prolong the life of your tires and also improve your gas mileage.

Now, are you the type of person who likes to handle your own car maintenance? If so, then we have some tips and advice for rotating your own tires. Just follow these for easy steps to a do-it-yourself tire rotation. Of course, if you would rather have a professional service technician take care of this, then contact us or schedule an appointment today!

Before we get started let's go over the SAFETY behind a DIY tire rotation.

  • Do not do vehicle maintenance when your car is only supported by a jack. Use stack stands to secure the vehicle in the air.
  • Never perform vehicle maintenance on unlevel or soft ground. To ensure safety for your vehicle on jack stands you need to be on level, firm ground support.

Since safety is covered it is time to go over the TOOLS and supplies you will be using during your do-it-yourself tire rotation.

  • Tire iron or torque wrench
  • Jack and jack stands
  • Tires

If you have all of the necessary equipment for a tire rotation then it is time to go over the STEPS that will complete this DIY project.  For this example we are going to assume that you are rotating your back tires to the front spots and the front tires to the back spots.

  1. Loosen the lug nuts on the tires you wish to rotate using the torque wrench or tire iron.
  2. Jack your car up, place the jack stands in the proper location (see owner's manual), and raise the jack stands to where they are touching the car and supporting it. Then lower the car down completely onto them.
  3. Starting on the passenger side of your vehicle, using your hands finish removing the lug nuts from the rear passenger tire and pull the tire off. Remove the lug nuts from the front passenger tire and pull the tire off.
  4. Take the front passenger tire on place on the rear passenger tire bearing. Take the rear passenger tire and place it on the front passenger tire bearing.
  5. Tighten lug nuts back onto tires as much as you can in a star pattern.
  6. Repeat the two previous steps on the driver side.
  7. Raise the car of the jack stands, remove them, and lower the car to the ground.
  8. Tighten all lug nuts completely using the torque wrench or tire iron in the same star pattern.
  9. Once all lug nuts are tightened then you are finished.

There are different rotational patterns that are used for vehicles including the one we demonstrated (Front-to-Rear). Directional tires and non-directional tires need different rotational patterns. You can also rotate your spare tire in, provided that it is a full-size tire. Consult your tire manual as well as vehicle owner's manual for the best pattern. They are:

  • Front-to-Rear
  • Side-to-Side
  • Rearward Cross
  • X-Pattern
  • Forward Cross

Hopefully this has helped you to better understand how to complete a do-it-yourself tire rotation safely and efficiently. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call or visit us at Corwin Dodge Ram in Springfield, Missouri.


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