Introduction

Tire rotation ensures even wear on the tires. Front and rear axles support different weights, and will wear differently. Rotating tires allows for even wear on a set of four tires, maximizing the lifespan of the set.

You should rotate your tires every five thousand to ten thousand miles to reduce uneven tire wear.

Image 1/2: The '''''crossmember''''' is the long metal support beam that runs underneath from the front fender to the rear fender on both sides of the car. Image 2/2: The '''''saddle''''' is the round metal part of the jack that moves upward as you pump the jack up.
  • Place the hydraulic floor jack under the vehicle until the saddle is directly under the crossmember.

  • The crossmember is the long metal support beam that runs underneath from the front fender to the rear fender on both sides of the car.

  • The saddle is the round metal part of the jack that moves upward as you pump the jack up.

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  • Push downward on the jack's lever to lift the saddle upward so that it contacts the crossmember. Continue pushing downward on the lever to lift the car upward.

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Image 1/1: The jack mounting point is a metallic protrusion beneath each of the car doors.
  • Place the jack stand under the jack mounting point.

  • The jack mounting point is a metallic protrusion beneath each of the car doors.

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Image 1/1: In the event the floor jack fails, the jack stand is designed to prevent the car from falling.
  • Raise the jack stand until it contacts the jack mounting point.

  • In the event the floor jack fails, the jack stand is designed to prevent the car from falling.

Floor jack is not designed to hold the weight. In case the jack stand fails, put jack stand under the car if possible.

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  • Once the car is raised, remove the lug nuts with the ratchet attached to a 3/4'' socket.

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Image 1/3: The '''''wheel studs''''' are the metal bolts sticking out of the wheel hub in the center. Image 2/3: The '''''wheel studs''''' are the metal bolts sticking out of the wheel hub in the center. Image 3/3: The '''''wheel studs''''' are the metal bolts sticking out of the wheel hub in the center.
  • Remove the tire off the wheel studs and place it aside.

  • The wheel studs are the metal bolts sticking out of the wheel hub in the center.

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Image 1/1: Using a ratchet attached to a 3/4" socket, loosen wheel lug nuts. Do not remove them.
  • On the same side of the vehicle, go to the rear tire.

  • Using a ratchet attached to a 3/4" socket, loosen wheel lug nuts. Do not remove them.

    • Loosening the lug nuts while the tire is on the ground prevents the tire from spinning.

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Image 1/2: Make sure that you are not pressed against the plastic and you are directly on the metal frame of the vehicle. Image 2/2: Raise the jack until the tire is off the ground.
  • Place the floor jack under the frame in front of the rear tire.

    • Make sure that you are not pressed against the plastic and you are directly on the metal frame of the vehicle.

  • Raise the jack until the tire is off the ground.

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  • Remove the lug nuts by loosening them with your hands.

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Image 1/1: Tighten the lug nuts using your hand until they are tight.
  • Remove the rear tire. Roll and place the tire onto the wheel studs on the front wheel.

  • Tighten the lug nuts using your hand until they are tight.

  • Roll the previous front tire to the rear and repeat the tightening process

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Image 1/1: If a torque wrench is not available, use the ratchet attached to the 3/4'' socket to hand-tighten the lug nuts until very tight.
  • Using a torque wrench, tighten the lug nuts on each wheel to 80 ft-lbs.

    • If a torque wrench is not available, use the ratchet attached to the 3/4'' socket to hand-tighten the lug nuts until very tight.

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  • Using an air compressor and the air pressure gauge, fill the front and rear tires to appropriate amount.

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Conclusion

Follow these steps in the same order to rotate the tires on the other side of the vehicle.

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