How To Rotate Your Car'S Tires
What is the proper way to rotate your car's tires? What kinds of things do you need to consider?
The rotation of your car tires should be done regularly every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. When you're driving, you often tend to wear the front tires more than the rear ones, and you want to be sure your tires age at the same rate. The reason for this is so that you won't end up in a situation in which you're forced to replace two tires, but your other two tires are in fine condition. For best results and for a longer tire life, rotate them.
How do you rotate your tires?
Before you rotate your tires, look at your car's owner's manual so you can know the proper way recommended by the manufacturer.
There are four different ways of rotating your tires. Some manufacturers actually recommend you use one rather than another. One way of rotating your tires is to simply swap the driver's front tire with the driver's rear tire, and do the same thing with the passenger's side tires.
The second way is to do a diagonal swap. Replace the front driver's side tire with the rear passenger's side tire. Then replace the front passenger's side tire with the rear driver's side tire.
The third way gets a bit more complex. Move the rear tires to their corresponding front tire positions on the same sides of the car. Then diagonally move the front driver's side tire to the rear passenger's side position. Then move the front passenger's side tire to the rear driver's side spot.
The fourth way to rotate your tires is just the opposite of the third method. Move both the front tires to their corresponding rear wheel positions, then move the rear driver's side tire to the front passenger's side position and the rear passenger's side tire to the front driver's side position.
What should you do after you rotate your tires?
Once your cars are rotated, make sure they're securely positioned on their wheel bases and fastened. You then want to check your tire pressures. Consult your owner's manual to find out what the tire pressure should be on your car's tires. Sometimes the front and rear tires on your car require different pressure levels.