How to Do a Tire Rotation Alone

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Every Tallahassee driver knows that tire rotation is a crucial part of vehicle maintenance that you can’t afford to skip. Whether you choose to take your Toyota vehicle to the Peter Boulware Toyota Service Center or rotate your tires yourself, the benefits of this type of maintenance can’t be overstated. 

Regular tire rotations can offer you better traction on rainy and slippery roads, as well as increase the lifespan of your wheels. Check out our tire rotation guide to keep your tires in great condition and reach out to us if you have any lingering questions.

Why Is It Important to Know How to Do a Tire Rotation?

Every Bradfordville driver is different, so not all tires wear the same. Many tires experience heavier impact while turning, which results in the outside edges of the front tires wearing faster than the rear wheels, which wear more evenly and at a slower rate. What does this mean? Essentially, if you leave your tires in place, after a certain amount of time they will wear down at different rates and you’ll have to replace them sooner. 

Tire Rotation Frequency

Experts recommend rotating your tires every 5,000 – 7,500 miles if you have a front or rear-wheel-drive vehicle. All-wheel drive vehicles will require a tire rotation at every 3,000 – 5,000 miles since all tires are activated, resulting in faster wear. However, as with any type of vehicle service, the technicians at Peter Boulware Toyota recommend checking your owner’s manual for individualized recommendations. 

The Importance of Tire Positioning

  • RWD Tires: The rear tires can be moved to the front of the car in the same left/right positions, but when you move the front tires to the rear, you need to switch the left and right tires.
  • FWD Tires: You can move the front tires to the back of the car in the same left/right positions. When it comes time to move the rear tires to the front, you must switch the right and left tires.

How to Do a Tire Rotation at Home

If you want to learn how to do a tire rotation from the comfort of your Crawfordville driveway, all you’ll need is a lug nut wrench and a set of car jack stands. After you’ve gathered the necessary tools, follow these six simple instructions to successfully rotate your tires: 

  1. Engage Parking Brake: Engage your parking brake as a safety precaution.
  2. Loosen Lug Nuts: Loosen the lug nuts on all four wheels, but don’t take them all the way off. This step makes unscrewing them when the tire is elevated much easier.
  3. Place Jack Under Car: Lift up one wheel with a car jack and place the jack stand underneath it. Do the same with the rest of the wheels.
  4. Remove Current Tires: Remove the tires one by one.
  5. Check Tire Pressure: Take this time to make sure your tires are filled to the optimal tire pressure. Once filled, you can rotate them according to the appropriate pattern for your type of tire. Place the tire back onto the wheel mount and screw the lug nuts on by hand as far as you can.
  6. Lower Car and Finish Tightening Nuts: Lower the car from the jack stands and use the lug wrench to finish tightening the nuts. It’s best to work the lug nuts diagonally from one to another in a star pattern to ensure even tightening. If the lug nuts aren’t tightened evenly it can cause the brake rotor to warp.

Get Your Tires Rotated at Peter Boulware Toyota in Tallahassee!

If you prefer top-notch maintenance when it comes to your tire rotations, the certified technicians at Peter Boulware Toyota are here for you! We provide Quincy shoppers with a vast range of service specials to take advantage of. We can’t wait to see you when you schedule your service with us today!

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