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How to do a Tire Rotation

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When your rides around Winder aren’t as smooth as they used to be, it may be time for a tire rotation. Whether you’re interested in performing DIY tire care or turning to the technicians at the Phil Hughes Honda service center, regularly rotating your tires means you have better tractions on the road, and making the most of your tire’s lifespan. Read on to learn more about tire care and how to do a tire rotation to keep your vehicle riding smoothly around town.

The Importance of Tire Rotations

Tires begin to naturally wear as you’re busy driving on the streets around Monroe, however, not all tires wear evenly. For example, tires will see more impact when turning as the outer edges of the front tires will see more wear than the rear tires. From individual driving habits to the condition of the road, the tires will wear down at different rates and will lead to more frequent replacements if they aren’t rotated.

Tire Rotation Frequency

The drivetrain of your Honda vehicle affects the tire rotation schedule. Typically, vehicles with front- and rear-wheel drive should have their tires rotated every 5,000-7,500 miles, while vehicles with all-wheel drive where all the tires are more engaged will often require more frequent oil changes. To verify the proper tire rotation frequency for your model, be sure to check the vehicle’s owner’s manual.

How Tire Position Affects Tire Rotation

Each vehicle drivetrain comes with a different plan on how to do a tire rotation:

  • FWD Tires: When rotating FWD tires, you should move the front tires to the back of the vehicle and keep them in the same left/right positions. When moving the rear tire forward, you need to swap sides so the rear left tire becomes the front right tire with the other time moving similarly.
  • RWD Tires: The opposite is true when rotating tires on RWD vehicles. As the rear tires move forward in their same positions, the front tires move to the back and the left and right tire switch sides.

How to do a Tire Rotation at Home

If you’re interested in performing tire care, you can do it right in your Watkinsville driveway. You’ll need a car jack, lug nut wrench, and a set of car jacks, then you can perform these simple steps:

  1. Be sure the parking brake is engaged as a safety precaution.
  2. With a lug nut wrench, slightly loosen the lug nuts for each wheel, however, don’t remove them completely. Loosening the lug nuts allows them to be easily removed when each tire is elevated.
  3. Place the car jack properly and begin lifting one wheel, then place the jack stand underneath.
  4. Continue removing the other wheels in a similar fashion.
  5. As the tires are off, perform checks to ensure the tires are properly filled to the tire pressure recommended in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. Then, rotate the tires in the pattern that matches your drivetrain. Put each wheel back on the wheel mount and, using your hands, screw the lug nuts on as far as you can.
  6. Once all the wheels are in place, remove the jack stands and continue tightening the lug nuts with a wrench. To ensure that the lug nuts are properly tightened, work on tightening them diagonally in a star pattern as an improperly tightened nut can lead to the brake rotor warping.

Trust Phil Hughes Honda with Your Vehicle Service!

Now that you know how to do a tire rotation at home, you can get back to cruising smoothly on the streets around Athens. If you have any questions about the tire rotation process or other service tips, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Phil Hughes Honda. For your next vehicle service, be sure to take a look at our service specials.

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