How to Do a Tire Rotation

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Many Eatontown drivers have asked us how to do a tire rotation or when to rotate their tires. Maybe you’re not sure what a tire rotation is. No worries! Galaxy Toyota is here to help. Whether you want to know how to rotate your tires at home or prefer to have our service center do the job for you, Galaxy Toyota is your best tire resource. If you need your tires rotated, want new tires, or a wheel alignment, give us a call today!

Why Should You Rotate Tires?

If you’re one of the Freehold customers that want to know why you should rotate your tires, read on. Tires wear out unevenly over time. It’s not unusual for the outside edges of your front tires to show more significant wear, while the rear wheels wear out more evenly. That’s why you should rotate tires! If you don’t routinely rotate your tires, they will wear at different levels, and you’ll have to buy a whole new set of tires sooner. Rotating your tires will save you money and help keep you safe on Toms River streets.

When Should You Rotate Your Tires?

How often should you rotate your tires? Front and rear-wheel drive vehicles should have their tires rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, and all-wheel-drive vehicles need tire rotation about every 3,000-5,000 miles. AWD vehicles need their tires rotated more often because all of the tires are actively engaged simultaneously, which causes them to wear out faster. Make sure you review your owner’s manual for specific recommendations for your specific Toyota model.

Proper Tire Positions

  • FWD Tires: When you work with FWD cars, move the front tires to the back of the car in the same left/right positions. But, when transferring the rear tires to the front, you should switch the right and left tires.
  • RWD Tires: When working with RWD tires, do the opposite as above. The rear tires need to be transferred to the front of the car in the same left and right positions. When you move the front tires to the rear, switch the left and right tire positions.

How to Do a Tire Rotation

How do you rotate tires at home? First, you’ll need a car jack and a lug nut wrench. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Set your parking brake to be safe.
  2. Loosen all of the lug nuts on all four wheels but don’t take them off.
  3. Using your car jack, lift up one wheel using the jack stand beneath it.
  4. Take off all of the tires on your vehicle and fill them to the proper tire pressure written outside of each tire. Once they are filled with air’s optimal levels, rotate your tires according to the directions above for your type of tires. Then, screw on the lug nuts by hand as much as you can.
  5. Lastly, lower your car from the jack stand and use the lug wrench to tighten and secure all of the lug nuts on every tire. Work the lug nuts crosswise from one to another in a star-like pattern.

Galaxy Toyota Wants to Help With All of Your Tire Needs

Now that you know how to do a tire rotation, if you need tire care, make a service appointment at Galaxy Toyota near Long Branch. Our service team will take good care of you and your Toyota and have you back on the road quickly. Find out for yourself why our customers love us and keep coming back over the years. Check out our money-saving service specials, and contact us today.

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