How to Rotate Tires Yourself

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Whether you choose to rotate your tires yourself or have this task taken care of by a professional at Stohlman Volkswagen, it is important to keep up with regular tire rotations. Rotating your tires on a regular basis ensures the best possible traction on the roads of Vienna in addition to keeping your tires in like-new condition as long as possible. Learn the basics of tire rotation with Stohlman Volkswagen so your tires can last for miles and miles.

Why Should I Rotate Tires?

When you drive your vehicle, your tires go through wear and tear. However, the wear and tear isn’t even across all four tires. Outside edges wear more quickly compared to inside edges, front tires wear faster than rear tires. So if you leave your tires exactly where they are, your tread will deteriorate at an uneven rate – which means a shorter lifespan for your set and a faster trip to the tire store.

How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

If you drive a front or rear-wheel drive vehicle, you should aim for around 5,000 to 7,500 miles for your tire rotation. All-wheel drive tires go through more strain due to their unique drivetrain configuration, and you’ll need to plan your tire rotation around 3,000 to 5,000 miles. But, check your owner’s manual for recommendations customized to your vehicle.

Tire Rotation Patterns by Tire Position

  • FWD Tires: The front tires should move to the rear, but should stay in the same position. Switch the left and right tires that move to the front of the vehicle.
  • RWD Tires: The process should be reversed for RWD cars. Move the rear tires to the front of the car and keep them in the same position. Switch the left and right tires that move to the rear.

Rotating Your Tires

If you’re ready to tackle tire rotations on your own, you’ll need the following: a car jack, lug nut wrench, and a set of car jacks. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Use the parking brake to keep the vehicle secure.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts on all four wheels. Do not remove the lug nuts. Unscrewing them when the tire is elevated is simpler.
  3. Lift up one wheel with a car jack and place the jack stand underneath it.
  4. Take the tires off individually.
  5. Now is a good time to check tire pressure. If they are properly filled, the tires can be rotated using the correct pattern. Place the tire back onto the wheel mount and screw the lug nuts on by hand as far as you can.
  6. Lower the car from the jack stands and use the lug wrench to finish tightening the nuts. The best way to do this is to work the lug nuts diagonally from one to another in a star pattern. This ensures that they are tightened evenly. If they are tightened unevenly, it can lead to a warped brake rotor.

For Help with Tire Rotation, Turn to Stohlman Volkswagen

If you are uncomfortable with rotating tires on your own, you can leave it to the professionals at the Stohlman Volkswagen service center. Contact us today with any questions that you may have about how to do a tire rotation. We can also answer your other service-related questions like, “What is an alternator?”

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