How to Rotate Tires

technician checking car tire

A chief concern for many St. Louis drivers is how to get a better grip on the road. And one of the best ways to do so is to keep your tires rotated on a routine basis. If you’re looking to save, doing the work yourself can help keep your cost of ownership lower. Find out how to rotate tires yourself with this handy guide from the Suntrup Hyundai South service department, and contact us if you need more assistance!

Why Is Tire Rotation Necessary?

It’s an inconvenient reality: No matter your drivetrain, driving habits, or diligence in maintenance, tires do not wear evenly. Greater friction is applied to your tires’ outer edges when you turn, and rear wheels always wear out more evenly than your front wheels. So leaving your tires in the same position for the life of your vehicle results in more replacements than you need.

How Often to Rotate Your Tires

Based on the way you drive, the vehicle you drive, and the consistency of your driving conditions in Mehlville, tire rotation is a requirement every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. If you’re driving an AWD vehicle, consistent and active engagement with all four wheels usually makes it necessary to rotate tires every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Your owner’s manual will have more specific recommendations.

Tire Position

  • FWD Tires: If you have a FWD vehicle, front tires should be moved to the back on the same sides. Move your rear wheels to opposite sides when you switch them to the front.
  • RWD Tires: Conversely, if your vehicle is RWD, switch sides as you move front tires to the back, and put rear tires on the same sides as you move them to the front.

How to Do a Tire Rotation

Carrying out a routine tire rotation in Afton doesn’t require a lot of tools – just a set of car jacks and a lug nut wrench. Chances are, you probably already own this kind of equipment, since it’s the same used to change out a spare.

Follow these 5 easy steps:

  1. Engage your parking brake once you’re in your garage or driveway.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts on all four wheels, without taking them all the way off to make unscrewing them entirely that much easier when the tire is elevated.
  3. Lift one wheel with a car jack and place a jack stand underneath it. Repeat for all 4 tires until the car is raised.
  4. Remove the tires one by one.
  5. Fill your tires to their optimal tire pressure, and rotate them according to the appropriate pattern for your type of tires. Place the tire back onto the wheel mount and screw the lug nuts on by hand as far as you can.
  6. Lower your vehicle from the jack stands and use the lug wrench to finish tightening the nuts. Uneven tightening on your lug nuts can cause the brake rotor to warp, so work the lug nuts diagonally from one to another in a star pattern.

Get Assistance with Tire Rotation at Suntrup Hyundai South

It’s a relatively simple process to rotate tires yourself, but it can be labor-intensive and time-consuming without regular practice. That’s why many St. Louis drivers choose to visit the experienced service department at Suntrup Hyundai South near Fenton. Here, you’ll find we can perform tire rotations with swiftness, and at a lower cost than you might expect. With service specials, online scheduling, and friendly staff, we’ll have you back on the road in no time. Visit us today! We offer more than your average service center with our service tips and guides to at-home car care. Learn how to change a car battery, clean leather car seats, diagnose a shaky steering wheel, and much more!