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When and How to Rotate Tires

When and How to Rotate Tires


Tires are constantly rolling on the road and going through daily wear and tear. Tires are known to wear unevenly due to various reasons. For example, the front tires wear more on the outward edges as the vehicle leans on them when turning. Rear tires wear evenly as they just follow the front tires. Tires also wear unevenly due to poor alignment. Whatever the reason, rotating tires is an important aspect to ensure even wear and tear of all tires in the vehicle. It is an important part of tire maintenance. Rotating tires on a timely basis can make them wear evenly and make your ride smooth and safe. Here is some information about the rotation of tires.


What is the Rotation of Tires?


Many car owners get confused about the rotation of tires.The general conception is that tires are always rotating when you drive a car so why does it matter. A typical tire rotation procedure would mean moving the rear tires to front and front tires to the rear. During tire rotation, each wheel of the vehicle is moved to a different position for even wear and tear of tires that also extends the tire’s life.


How Often You Should Rotate Tires?


According to auto experts, you can rotate tires during oil changes assuming you get the oil changed once every year or after driving 10,000 miles. If you drive your car less than 7,500 miles in a year, you need to rotate tires every six months. According to auto experts, waiting for the car to run 15,000 miles to rotate tires will lead to more uneven wearing of tires. The tread depth is another factor that helps you determine the right time to rotate tires.


In most cases, you can ignore differences in tire wearing in the range of 1/32" to 2/32" in the front and rear tires. However, if the tread depth difference between the front and rear tires is 2/32 of an inch, you should rotate tires.


How to Rotate Tires


Although you can rotate tires using your car jack, it is not recommended for several reasons. The best tool for rotating tires is a jack stand which can be used to rest your car safely while you rotate tires. You need to buy a set of jack stands to rotate tires at home. For fast rotation of tires, you need four jack stands.


  • Engage the parking brake so that your car does not move.
  • Loosen the nuts of the wheels. You don’t need to remove them completely. Loosening nuts when your wheels are touching the ground is much easier in comparison to when they are elevated from the ground. Once the wheels are elevated, you can remove bolts from wheels much easier.
  • Use the car jack to lift one wheel and place the jack stand underneath it. Remove the car jack, lift other wheels and place jack stand in the same manner.
  • Remove the tire and rotate them in the appropriate pattern.


Rotating tires can increase the service life of tires and save you time and money in the long run. Hence, you should always keep a record of tire rotation in your car maintenance record.

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