How to Do a Tire Rotation Yourself

Rotating tires

Tire rotation is a critical part of vehicle maintenance and should be done regularly to prevent uneven wear. You can either learn how to rotate tires at home or use a dealership service team such as Mercedes-Benz of Centerville to perform this critical maintenance. If you are trying to learn how to do a tire rotation near Kettering, check out this simple guide from Mercedes-Benz of Centerville! For more information, feel free to contact us anytime!

Why is Tire Rotation Important for Your Vehicle?

A regular tire rotation is important to make sure that your tires wear more evenly on the Springboro roads. Often, due to the impact of turning, the front tires will wear out quicker than the rear, causing uneven wear, which could decrease the overall lifespan of your tires. Although you will need to replace them eventually, you can increase their lifespan with regular tire rotation. 

How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

For the front and rear-wheel drive vehicles, it’s common practice to rotate your tires every 5,000 – 7,500 miles. However, for all-wheel-drive vehicles, the interval is usually between 3,000 – 5000 miles. This is because each tire receives power from the engine, increasing wear. It’s important to consult your owner’s manual to put together a regular tire rotation interval recommended by the manufacturer.

The Importance of Tire Position

  • FWD Tires: The front tires should be moved to the rear of the vehicles, leaving them on the same side. When moving the rear tires up, switch the left and right tires. 
  • RWD Tires: For RWD vehicles, it’s the exact opposite of FWD, as the rear tires are moved to the front without flipping their positions, but when moving the front tires back, you should switch their left/right positions. 

How to Rotate Your Tires at Home

If you want to learn how to rotate your tires at home, you’ll need a few tools, such as a car jack, a lug nut wrench, and a set of car jacks. Now that you have these necessary items, let’s take a look at how to do a tire rotation in these simple steps:

  1. Apply your parking brake to prevent any rolling.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts on all four wheels, but do not completely remove them yet. This makes it easier to unscrew them when the vehicle is elevated.
  3. Lift one wheel with a car jack and place the jack stand underneath it.
  4. Remove the tires one at a time.
  5. While you’re rotating your tires, this is a great time to ensure your tires are filled with the proper tire pressure. After checking the tire pressure, rotate the tires according to your vehicle’s drivetrain. Then, put the lug nuts back into place and tighten them.
  6. Place the car back on the ground using the jack, and go around the vehicle to complete tightening the lug nuts. It’s important to make sure that the lug nuts are tightened evenly to prevent the brake rotor from warping.

Visit the Mercedes-Benz of Centerville Service Center for Your Tire Rotation

Now that you know how to rotate tires at home, you might still feel more comfortable hiring a professional. Luckily, the Mercedes-Benz of Centerville service center is ready and able to help you with any type of vehicle maintenance. Schedule a service appointment with our certified technicians, and take advantage of our service specials to save near Oakwood and Mercedes-Benz of Centerville!

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