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How to Rotate Tires Yourself

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For most of us, getting our tires rotated is a simple add-on at every other oil change, but for the particularly industrious individual who changes their own oil, that opportunity never presents itself since they aren’t going to their local mechanic very so often. For this group of people, knowing how to rotate tires themselves can save them a trip, as well as some cash.

The below steps will provide an overview of how to rotate tires yourself.

  1. Get a Set of Jack Stands – Every car comes with a jack, but you will need to have all four tires off the ground at the same time, and the easiest way to do that is with a set of jack stands that normally run around $30.
  2. Park Your Car on a Level Surface – In a lot of case your driveway is on an incline, and this can cause some issue when lifting the car, so be sure your work site is flat.
  3. Loosen lug nuts and remove the lug nuts before lifting the car.
  4. Remove Tires and Rotate – Normally, you will switch the front driver side tire with the rear passenger side tire and the front passenger side tire with the rear driver side tire.  This is standard rotation for non-directional tires.
    1. In the case of directional tires (tires with grooves designed to channel water and road gravel outward to improve handling), you simply switch the front tires with their corresponding rear tires. (driver front to driver rear and vice versa)
  5. Secure Tires – Makes sure the lug nuts are tightened and the tires are properly secure before removing the jack stands.

Now that you can confidently say you know how to rotate tires, let us know what car care tips you would like to see The News Wheel cover and you could see them in our next post!