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How To Rotate Your Tires

There are several things you can do to prolong the life of your tires such as proper inflation and how you drive. For instant if your braking fast and taking sharp turns then chances are your tires aren’t going to last very long. However the most important thing you want to do to prolong the life of your tires is to regularly rotate your tires. Rotating your tires will help maintain even tread wear on all of your tires. Not only does it help prolong the life of your tire but it also helps maintain the performance as well.

Typically in a tire shop, it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to rotate and balance a passenger or a midsize van, truck, or SUV. If you are a do it yourself type of person and have the right set of tools this shouldn't take you any longer than 30 minutes.

Rotating your tires is simple and easy and can be done with minimal tools and at the comfort of your own driveway/garage/home. If you live in an apartment and don't have a driveway, your parking stall is more than enough space.

In this article, I will be explaining step by step how to rotate your tires by yourself. Keep in mind that the vehicles I'm referring to are for all vehicles without directional tires, A symmetrical tires, and vehicles with out staggered fitment wheels.

Here are the Different Types or Ways to Rotate Your Tires

way to rotate tires

We are going to be explaining the tire rotation of diagram A. Most all tire professionals will tell you that diagram A is the most efficient way to rotate regular radial tires.

Tools Needed for your Tire Rotation:

(2) Jack Stands - (4 gets the job done even faster!) (1) Hydraulic Jack (1) Tire Iron That Fits Your Vehicles Lugs
Jack Stands for Rotating Tires


Tire Rotation Instructions

Step One:

Jack up the Left Front of the Vehicle.

Jack it up from the pinch well or jacking up point located under the side of the car.

Once you have the jack in place, jack it up so that it's tight with the vehicle but not yet levitating the car. Once complete, loosen the lug nuts so they are loose but do not come off. Continue to jack up the vehicle until levitated off the ground. Once this is done, your going to want to get the jack stand and place it at the same height as the hydraulic jack sliding it under the side pinch well. Once in place, drop the jack slowly until secure as shown below.

Jack Stand in Place for Tire Rotation

Now that you've got the initial setup complete, Repeat this process for the Right Rear side of the vehicle.

Step 2:

After both the left front and right rear sides of the vehicle are on jack stands, loosen the lug nuts and pull the wheel assembly off the car.

Remove the Wheel Assembly for Rotating

After both wheel assemblies have been removed from the vehicle, rotate the left front to the right rear and the right rear to the left front.

Rotate Left to Right

Step 3:

Repeat step (1) and step (2) of your tire rotation but with the Right Front and Left Rear wheel assemblies this time.

Rotate the other side Tires

Once you've reached this point and have putten your wheel assemblies back together from the tire rotation, you are ready to roll! We hope this guide has been helpful on just how to rotate your tires using the "A" diagram shown above. If you see that your in need of some new tires, be sure to shop our catalog as we have over 100 name brands such as Cooper Tires and Goodyear Tires along with thousands of tires to choose from at very low prices while maintaing some of the fastest shipping times in the industry.

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