How to Do a Tire Rotation

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While you may choose to visit our service center near Warwick for tire rotation service, you may want to consider how to rotate tires at home to save you some time and money! At Middletown Honda, we can teach you how to do a tire rotation by yourself. Just follow our guide down below to learn how! 


When Should You Rotate Your Tires? 

Before you learn how to rotate tires at home in Monroe or Goshen, it is important to learn when and how often to complete this service. Generally, tire rotation should occur every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. If you have an all-wheel drive vehicle, rotate your tires every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

Tire Position Importance 

  • Before you learn how to do a tire rotation on a FWD vehicle, you should know that you need to move the front tires to the back of the car in the same left/right positions. Then, move the rear tires to the front, but switch the right and left tire.
  • Before you learn how to do a tire rotation on a RWD vehicle, note that the rear tires can be moved to the front of the car in the same left/right positions, but move the front tires to the rear then switch the left and right tire.

How to Rotate Tires at Home

Here the six steps on how to rotate tires at home:

  1. Engage your parking brake as a safety precaution.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts on all four wheels, but don’t take them all the way off. 
  3. Lift up one wheel with a car jack and place the jack stand underneath it.
  4. Remove the tires one by one.
  5. Fill your tires to optimal tire pressure and check the tire pressure light. Then rotate them accordingly to the appropriate pattern for your tire type. Place the tires back onto the wheel mounts and screw the lug nuts on tightly by hand.
  6. Lower the car from the jack stands and use the lug wrench to finish tightening the nuts. Work the lug nuts diagonally from one another in a star pattern, ensure they are tightly fastened to avoid brake rotor damage.

Get Tire Rotation Service at Middletown Honda 

Now that you know how to rotate tires at home, contact us for our service specials if you ended up deciding you’ll leave this maintenance service to the pros instead or if your Honda needs another service that you want us to tackle! While you’re here, be sure to learn how to check your tire tread depth to know more about car tire care in Middletown.

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