By Gordon Strome

tires

A lot of people fail at maintaining their vehicle. Most people won’t maintain their vehicle because it costs them money. This is one of the things you can do to maintain your vehicle without spending any money. It will save you money because your tires will last longer and you won’t have to buy new tires as soon. Rotating your tires will make you get the most out of your tires.

One day uncle called me and said he was having bad vibration when driving. He was wondering what to check and I asked him if he has ever rotated his tires. He said, “What is that?” I answered,  you rotate your tires around your car so that they wear evenly. They say that tires have a 50,000 mile warranty but if you don’t rotate your tires then it voids the warranty.

 

Tools Needed :

Floor jack

Jack Stands

Lug Wrench

 

Step 1 : Find a level surface/ Block off wheels and e brake

To reduce the risk of the vehicle falling, work on a flat surface. Pull the parking brake before you start the job.

Step 2 : Loosen Lug nuts

While your car is still on the ground, loosen the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Don’t remove the nuts all the way, just loosen them about a half turn.

 

Step 3 : Jack up each corner of the car / Insert jack stands

Use your jack to raise each corner of the vehicle. Then put a jackstand under the corner you jacked up. Repeat to each corner of the vehicle.

 

Step 4 : Remove lug nuts

Lugs nuts should be loose from when you broke them loose with the lug wrench. Remove lug nuts all the way off the studs. Then remove the wheel.

 

Step 5 : Rotate tires and see if they are directional

Look on your tire to see if it is a directional tire. There is an arrow on the sidewall of the tire that tells you that it is directional. If it is a directional rotate straight back. If it is not a directional tire rotate the tires diagonally across the vehicle.

 

Step 6 : Snug lug nuts

Start lug nuts by hand so you don’t cross thread them. If you cross thread your lug nuts then you will have to replace your wheel studs and or new lug nuts. Snug them as tight as you can with your hand until the wheel can barely move back and forth.

 

Step 7 : Lower car down

Put the jack under a corner of the car and jack up until it is high enough to pull out the jackstands. Pull out the jacks stands from under your car. Lower the jack down slowly until the tire on that corner is all the way and the ground and can pull out the jack. Repeat to each corner of the car.

 

Step 8 : Tighten Lug nuts

Tighten lug nuts in a star pattern to approximately 100 ft. lbs. Continue doing this until you have done all 4 tires.

 

Step 9 : Remove block

Remove the block from behind the wheels and then you are good to drive. You should repeat this every 5,000 miles.