What is Tire Rotation?

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Wilsonville area drivers may be wondering: What is tire rotation? What does tire rotation do? What does rotating tires mean? Whether you’re up to speed and simply want to learn how to rotate tires from the comfort of your own garage or you’re studying up as a beginner, Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda has you covered. Should you decide to have your tires professionally rotated by the trained staff at our service center, simply schedule an appointment. Tire rotation is a critical maintenance step, so you don’t want to miss it. The benefits of rotating your tires on a regular basis include better traction on Portland roads plus extended tire life.

When you follow our handy guide to tire rotation, you’ll be sure to keep your new Honda model’s tires rolling for as long as possible while you drive around Portland and Tigard.

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

Why is tire rotation important? Depending on your driving habits and your vehicle’s drivetrain characteristics, not all tires wear evenly. Furthermore, when your vehicle makes turns, the outside edges of the front tires experience more wear, while the rear wheels wear more evenly. Because of this, tire rotation is necessary to compensate for the uneven wear rate of each tire. By completing this important maintenance step, you’ll extend tire life and avoid paying for a replacement set sooner than necessary.

How Often to Rotate Your Tires

Before determining where to have your tires rotated, you should calculate how often you need to rotate your tires for your particular vehicle. Front and rear-wheel drive vehicles typically need their tires rotated every 5,000-7,500 miles, whereas all-wheel drive vehicles require more frequent changes at every 3,000-5,000 miles. This more frequent schedule is due to the fact that all of the vehicle’s tires are actively engaged, resulting in faster wear. Just like all vehicle maintenance services, we advise you to check your owner’s manual for more specific recommendations for your exact model.

How to Rotate Tires at Home: Tire Position

  • FWD Tires: First, move the front tires to the back of the car in the same left/right positions. Then, when moving the rear tires to the front, you need to switch the right and left tire.
  • RWD Tires: This process is opposite of the above. The rear tires should be moved to the front of the car in the same left/right positions, then, when you move the front tires to the rear, you need to switch the left and right tires.

What Does Tire Rotation Mean: Tools and Process

Once you know how to rotate tires at home, you just need the correct tools for the job. These tools include a car jack, lug nut wrench and a set of jack stands. Simply follow these five easy steps:

  1. Put on the parking brake for added safety.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts on all wheels without taking them completely off. This way, you’ll have an easier time unscrewing them when the tire is elevated.
  3. Lift up one of the tires with a car jack and place the jack stand underneath it.
  4. Remove the tires and make sure they are filled to the correct tire pressure. The recommended tire pressure is imprinted on the tire itself. Once filled with air, you can rotate the tires according to the tire position guide outlined above. Next, place the tire back onto the wheel mount and screw the lug nuts on by hand.
  5. Lastly, lower the car from the jack stands and use the lug wrench to finish tightening the nuts. Best practices recommend you should tighten the lug nuts diagonally from one to another in a star pattern to ensure even tightening. This is important because if the lug nuts are not tightened evenly it can cause the brake rotor to warp.

Get Assistance With Tire Rotation at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda

It is good for Salem area drivers to know what tire rotation is all about, but you don’t have to go it alone. The service technicians at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda can take care of this important vehicle maintenance step for you today! Wilsonville service is more affordable than ever with our exclusive service specials, so schedule your appointment today.

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