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How to Do a Tire Rotation at Home

Keeping up with regular tire rotations is important if you want your tires to last and operate safely on the roads of Orlando and Sanford. Whether you prefer to leave this task to the professionals at Longwood Mitsubishi or tackle it yourself, we’re here to help! If you are wondering how to rotate tires at home, we have provided an easy-to-follow guide below. Learn how to do a tire rotation in no time with Longwood Mitsubishi.


Why are Tire Rotations Necessary?

As you drive through Deltona and Deland, your tires start to wear down unevenly depending on your driving habits and the condition of the road. For example, when turning, the outside edges of the front tires undergo more stress and therefore don’t wear as evenly as the rear tires. If your tires remain in the same position indefinitely, over time they will wear down at different rates. When this happens, you will need to replace your tires earlier than you would if you regularly rotated the tires.

When Should I Perform a Tire Rotation?

If you are learning how to rotate tires at home, you may be wondering how often you will need to perform this task. If you have a front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive vehicle, a tire rotation is recommended every 5,000-7,500 miles. Tire rotations are needed more often with all-wheel drive vehicles because each tire is actively engaged at all times. With an AWD vehicle, you should perform a tire rotation every 3,000-5,000 miles. It is a good idea to take a look at your owner’s manual to see if there are different intervals recommended by the manufacturer.

Tire Rotation Patterns

  • FWD Tires: As you move the front tires to the back of the car, keep them on the same side. When you move the rear tires to the front, you must switch the right and left tire.
  • RWD Tires: As you move the rear tires to the front of the car, keep them on the same side. When you move the front tires to the rear, you need to switch the left and right tire.

How to Rotate Your Tires at Home

Before learning how to do a tire rotation, you need to have the proper supplies on hand: a car jack, lug nut wrench, and a set of car jack stands. When you have everything you need, follow the directions below on how to rotate tires at home.

  1. As a safety precaution, engage your parking brake.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts on all four wheels, but don’t take them all the way off. When your vehicle is elevated, it will be significantly easier to unscrew them.
  3. Lift up one wheel with a car jack and place the jack stand underneath it.
  4. Remove the tires one at a time.
  5. Now is a good time to check your tire pressure and fill your tires if the pressure is a bit low. Once your tires are filled to the proper level, you can rotate them according to the appropriate pattern for your drivetrain. 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 down from the jack stands. Tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench, and work diagonally in a star pattern to ensure even tightening. When lug nuts aren’t tightened evenly, the brake rotor can start to warp.

Set Up a Tire Rotation at Longwood Mitsubishi

If you still have questions about how to do a tire rotation or you prefer to let a mechanic handle routine maintenance, you can set up an appointment with the automotive experts at the Longwood Mitsubishi service center. Contact us today for more information, and be sure to check out our current service specials.

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