Tire Rotation

There are several maintenance items that your car manufacturer requires that you do throughout the life of your vehicle. By doing these things your vehicle will last longer, need fewer repairs, and be safer. This article discusses how to perform your own tire rotation best impact driver  . You’ll save money by not taking it to your Utah auto repair garage.

The type of tire rotation this article discusses is the modified X. For the modified X you take the two tires on the drive axle and cross them and put them on the other axle. You move the tires on the non drive axle forward.

If you have tires that need to be oriented in a certain way, such as rain tires, the modified X will not work. Below I will explain how to perform the modified X on a front wheel drive vehicle. For rear wheel drive vehicles cross the back wheels as you bring them into the front and bring the front wheel straight back.

Grab your jack, lug nut wrench, and spare tire. Loosen the lug nuts on the front driver’s side wheel. Jack up the vehicle and take the tire off replacing it with the spare. Hand screw the lug nuts at first so you can be sure not to cross thread them, snug them up but you do not need to tighten the lug nuts all the way unless you will be moving your vehicle.

Exchange the tire you just took off with the rear passenger tire. In like manner, loosen the lug nuts, raise the vehicle, take the tire off, replace the tire, finger tighten the lug nuts, lower the vehicle, and finish tightening the lug nuts. Take the rear passenger tire and put it on the front passenger tire.

Now swap the front passenger tire and put it on the rear driver’s tire. Finally take the rear driver’s tire and put it on where the spare tire (front driver side) is. Great, now is a good time to see if you need to add air to your tires too.

And finally, use a torque wrench to be sure the lug nuts are tight. An inexpensive torque wrench will do the job. Call your dealer, Utah auto repair shop, or look on the internet for the correct setting for your vehicle. If you can’t find it, 90 foot pounds is a good number.

If you want to be as quick as your Utah auto repair garage, your next step would be to purchase a floor jack, air compressor and a good impact wrench. But you may need to lay low since you’ll likely attract the attention of the neighborhood and they may start coming to you to work on their cars.


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