Tires can be expensive, so it’s a good idea to get the most out of them that you can. Rotating your tires every 5,000 miles or so ensures that the tread wears evenly, giving your tires (and your wallet) extra life! Follow these steps to rotate your tires evenly and keep them on the road longer.
Oh, and please be extremely careful when performing any maintenance on your vehicle. Operate all equipment according to the manufacturer’s safety standards, and if you’re in doubt – go to the mechanic!
- Acquire new tires. You’ll also need a car jack and jack stands so that you can put your entire car up at once. Make sure that the jack stands you buy are rated for your vehicle’s weight.
- Make sure you’re on a level surface and set the parking brake. Also ensure that you’re not on soil, wet ground, or hot asphalt, as these can all put the jack stands at risk of falling over.
- Jack up the rear of the vehicle. Use a floor jack, not the jack that comes with your vehicle, as this is generally for emergency use only.
- Set the jack stands in a solid part of the frame. The owner’s manual should guide you on this, but make sure the stand is NOT under the floorboards or suspension, as these won’tsupport the weight of your vehicle.
- Repeat for the front of the vehicle. Don’t rush! Taking some extra time to set the jack stands properly can save you a lot of trouble (and possible injury) later.
- Undo the lug nuts on each tire. Keep them to the side where you won’t lose them. Tip: Loosening the lug nuts slightly before you begin can make it easier to remove them when the car is on jack stands, but its not mandatory.
- Install the tires after rotating. Your Left Rear and Right Rear tires move directly forward. Your Left Front and Right Front tires move to the back, but switch sides.
- Reinstall lug nuts. It’s helpful to screw them in by hand first, attaching them diagonally (kind of like a star pattern). This makes sure they’re tightened evenly and avoids putting pressure on the brake rotor.
- Lower the car from jack stands. It’s just like before, but in reverse – set up the floor jack under the front of the vehicle, put the weight of the car on the jack, and remove the front stands. Repeat for the rear. Again, please exercise caution!
- Enjoy those regally rotated tires! Mark down your mileage so you can repeat in 5,000 miles, and then take a test drive – you’ve earned it! It’s also a good idea to check in on recently mounted tires after a couple dozen miles to make doubly sure that you’ve tightened the lug nuts firmly.
Now that you’ve got those tires rotated, come down to American Car Center and check out a huge selection of recent model, low-mileage vehicles! We approve everyone, so visit the King of Credit today!
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