How to Rotate Tires
If you want your car to performance at its very best, regular tire rotations are the name of the game. For your next DIY tire rotation, the team at Ira Toyota of Tewksbury has assembled this convenient guide for how to rotate tires.
Drivers near Lowell, Dracut, and Tewksbury can follow these simple steps and complete their next rotation in record time, with record quality and accuracy! Reach out to us if you have any questions.
Choosing Your Rotation Pattern
There are a few different patterns for tire rotation, and it’s essential that you use the one for your specific tires. If your car uses directional tires, they have a 1-way tread pattern that’s perfect for one side of the vehicle—either left or right.
To rotate these, swap the front-right tire with the back-right tire, and the front-left tire with the back-left tire. No crisscrossing is necessary for directional tires!
Non-directional tires are a bit different. They’re made to fit any wheel, so you don’t have to confine them to one side of the car. If you have these tires, use the appropriate pattern below:
- Rear-Wheel Drive: Move the front tires to the opposite sides of the rear (a crisscrossing pattern). Move the rear tires straight forward.
- Front Wheel Drive: Move the rear tires to the opposite sides of the front (a crisscrossing pattern). Move the front tires straight backward.
How to Rotate Tires: 3 Easy Steps
Once you have the pattern down, you can rotate your tires in these three easy steps:
- Raise the Car. Loosen the lug nuts on your wheels with a tire iron. Then, jack up your car and use jack stands to keep it secure. When the car is secured, fully remove the lug nuts.
- Rotate the Tires. Remove the tires and rotate them according to the correct pattern above. You can screw the lug nuts back on by hand—they’ll be fully tightened later.
- Lower the Car. Use the car jack to raise your vehicle off the jack stands and lower it to the ground. Finally, tighten the lug nuts with the tire iron, and you’re finished!
Why Tire Rotation Is Important
Rotating your tires regularly has two major benefits: it (1) ensures even tread wear, helping your tires last longer, and (2) makes your car safer to drive. Without routine tire rotations, your front tires would wear out faster than your rear ones—and making turns wears the front tires at different rates.
Rotate your tires, and you can keep tread even in the long run. How often should you rotate your tires? Usually every 6 months or 6,000 miles. Rotate your tires when you change your oil, and you’ll never forget!
Choose Us for Tire Rotations
We hope you learned a lot about how to rotate tires from our guide! Tire rotations are a straightforward process, but sometimes, you may run into problems—or decide that you’d rather let a certified technician handle the job.
The service center at Ira Toyota of Tewksbury is happy to help with your next tire rotation. Schedule your appointment today, and we’ll have your car ready for the roads of Lowell, Dracut, and Tewksbury before you know it!