How To Do a Tire Rotation

Rotating your tires is an important routine maintenance step you should keep in mind. Rotating your tires will not only extend the life of your tires, but also give you better traction on the roads of Lubbock. Whether you decide to rotate your tires yourself or make a stop at the service center of Brown Honda of San Angelo, rotating your tires is a step you shouldn’t miss. The following guide will help you with how to do a tire rotation and get you back on the road.

Importance of Tire Rotation

Individual driving habits and road conditions affect how the tires wear, but not all tires wear evenly. For example, because of the impact tires face while turning, the outer edges of the front tires experience more uneven wear as opposed to the rear tires that tend to wear more evenly. So if the tires are left in place, they’ll continue to wear down at different rates and need to be replaced sooner.

Tire Rotation Frequency

Each vehicle has manufacturer recommendations for scheduled maintenance, so checking the owner’s manual will give the driver a definitive answer. However, front- and rear-wheel drive vehicles typically need their tires rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles. Vehicles with all-wheel drive tend to need more frequent rotations at every 3,000-5,000 because all tires are engaged and will see faster wear.

How To Do a Tire Rotation: Importance of Tire Position

  • FWD Tires: Typically, the front tires are moved to the back of the vehicle and kept on the same side. The rear tires then go to the front and the left and right tires are switched.
  • RWD Tires: RWD tires are the opposite. The rear tires are moved to the front of the vehicle and kept on the same side, and the front tires are moved to the rear while switching the left and right tires.

Steps For How To Do a Tire Rotation

Midland drivers like to take their vehicles’ maintenance into their own hands. To perform a tire rotation, a car jack, lug nut wrench, and a set of car jacks is needed. Find these parts at Brown Honda of San Angelo and follow these steps for how to do a tire rotation:

  1. Pull the parking brake as an extra safety precaution.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts on the wheels, but don’t take them off completely. This makes it easier to unscrew them while the tires are elevated.
  3. Use the car jack to lift up one wheel and place the jack stand underneath it.
  4. Remove the tires.
  5. Time can be taken here to ensure that the tires are properly inflated. If they are inflated, rotate the tires according to the appropriate pattern for the drivetrain the vehicle has. Place the tire back on the wheel mount and screw the lug nuts on by hand as much as possible.
  6. Lower the car from the jack stands and use the lug wrench to continue tightening the nuts. To ensure the lug nuts are tightened evenly, tighten them in a diagonal, star pattern. If the lug nuts aren’t even, it can lead to the brake rotor warping.

Rotate Your Tires With Brown Honda of San Angelo!

Take the worry out of your tire rotation with Brown Honda of San Angelo near Odessa. Contact us to schedule a service appointment for all your routine maintenance needs. Be sure to take advantage of our services specials and so you can keep your vehicle running smoothly at the right price. You can explore even more helpful car service guides such as how you can change a brake light or how to check your transmission fluid!

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