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Introduction

In this guide, we will be teaching you how to rotate the tires on your Mazda RX-8 04-09. Remember there are lots of sharp metal pieces of a car, so be careful when doing your repairs.

Loosen lug nuts with the socket/wrench just until they begin to turn.
  • Loosen lug nuts with the socket/wrench just until they begin to turn.

    • Removing lug nuts requires a 21mm socket

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Place Jack under the car (as shown). It's best to avoid using the jack included with the car. If at all possible, use at least a 2 ton floor jack. Use the Jack Handle to crank up just enough so that the tire noticeably lifts off the ground.
  • Place Jack under the car (as shown).

    • It's best to avoid using the jack included with the car. If at all possible, use at least a 2 ton floor jack.

  • Use the Jack Handle to crank up just enough so that the tire noticeably lifts off the ground.

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Put the jack stand under the car to ensure the car will not fall back down while you are working on it.
  • Put the jack stand under the car to ensure the car will not fall back down while you are working on it.

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Remove all lug nuts holding the wheel on the car.
  • Remove all lug nuts holding the wheel on the car.

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Remove the front wheel from the vehicle.
  • Remove the front wheel from the vehicle.

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With the front wheel off repeat step 4 and step 5 to remove the rear wheel as well.
  • With the front wheel off repeat step 4 and step 5 to remove the rear wheel as well.

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Place the rear wheel on the front of the car and place the front wheel in the rear. Tighten up the lug nuts and your tire rotation is complete.
  • Place the rear wheel on the front of the car and place the front wheel in the rear. Tighten up the lug nuts and your tire rotation is complete.

  • Begin to tighten the lug nuts as much as you can with the wheel in the air, and then lower the car to the ground to finish tightening.

  • Tighten the nuts in a star pattern to avoid over tightening one side leaving the wheel installed crooked

  • Mazda recommends that the lug nuts be torqued to 108 ft*lbs to ensure that the wheel is secure

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Conclusion

Verify a second time that every piece nut is secure and tight. You may have to do this again in the future.

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