How to Rotate Tires Yourself

Tire Rotation

Tire rotation is an important part of maintaining your Honda car, truck or SUV. Regular tire rotations can help you to enjoy better traction on Ft. Collins roads, and they also extend the life of your tires. The experts in the Service Center at Honda of Greeley have prepared this guide on how to rotate tires yourself. Of course, if you’d rather have our professional technicians do the job, you can always schedule a service appointment with us online.

Why is Tire Rotation Necessary?

The tires on your car don’t wear evenly. Since the front tires are used for steering and turning, they tend to show greater wear on the outside edges, while the rear tires wear more evenly. By regularly rotating the tires they will wear more evenly and last longer.

How Often to Rotate Your Tires

It is recommended that FWD and RWD vehicles have their tires rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. All-wheel drive vehicles require a tire rotation every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, since all tires are actively engaged, resulting in faster wear. It is always a good idea to consult your owners manual to find out what is recommended for your specific model.

Tire Position

  • FWD Tires: The front tires should be moved to the back in the same left/right positions. Moving the rear tires to the front, you’ll need to switch the right and left tire.
  • RWD Tires: The opposite is true with RWD vehicles. The rear tires should be moved to the front of the car in the same left/right positions, and the front tires should switch sides when they are moved to the rear.

Rotating Your Tires

When rotating your own tires you will need a car jack, lug nut wrench, and a set of car jacks. Once you have gathered up the necessary tools, just follow these steps:

  1. Engage parking brake for an extra measure of safety.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts on all four wheels, but don’t take them all the way off. This step makes unscrewing them when the tire is elevated much easier
  3. Lift up one wheel with a car jack and place the jack stand underneath it. Proceed to do this with each tire until all are off the ground.
  4. Remove the tires one by one.
  5. Check the pressure on all tires to ensure that they are carrying the right amount of air, then rotate them according to the appropriate pattern for FWD or RWD systems. Place the tires back onto the wheel mount and screw the lug nuts on by hand as far as you can.
  6. Lower the car from the jack stands and use the lug wrench to finish tightening the nuts. It’s best to work the lug nuts diagonally from one to another in a star pattern to ensure even tightening. If the lug nuts aren’t tightened evenly. The brake rotor may warp.

Get Expert Auto Care at Honda of Greeley

The certified technicians in the Honda of Greeley Service Center are here to handle all of your Honda maintenance and repair needs. Whether it’s a tire rotation, an oil change, or brake replacement, we’ll get the job done right. We are also always happy to provide helpful hints on everything from tire care to how to jump start a car. Make sure to take advantage of the savings offered in your service specials, and if you have any questions please contact our Service Center online, or give us a call at (970) 939-5340.

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Phone: (970) 506-2791

4535 W 29th Street Greeley, CO


Phone: (970) 939-5340

4535 W 29th Street Greeley, CO
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4535 W 29th Street
Greeley, CO, 80634 United States
(970) 506-2791
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