How to Rotate Tires

Tire Rotation

When you drive a performance vehicle, such as the powerful new Mazda CX-3 or the sporty sleek Mazda3 4-Door, it’s necessary to make regular maintenance checks on all of your vehicle’s systems. Luckily, learning how to rotate tires and checking the variance can be a cinch, especially if you schedule a maintenance with Partyka Mazda. Our service team is an important part of keeping your vehicle in peak condition on any New Haven travel. However, if you’re curious about how to rotate tires at home, read on with our experts’ guide below to get the ins and outs.

Why Have Your Tires Rotated?

Depending on your drivetrain, power is distributed to your wheels differently. That means as you drive on North Haven streets, tires wear at different speeds and in different tread patterns. It’s important to note that there are a number of factors that impact tread wear, including your drivetrain, road conditions, and your driving style. Also, since turning puts extra wear your treads, the outer edges of the front tires tend to wear more quickly, while the rear tires wear evenly. Without a tire rotation, their variance in wear may lead to expensive early replacement and worse fuel economy on your Wallingford commutes.

When Should You Rotate Your Tires?

While front-wheel and rear-wheel drive vehicles should have their tires rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, all-wheel drive vehicles, on the other hand, should have theirs rotated every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. The difference lies in how your engine distributes its power, as noted above. AWD engages all tires by allocating engine power to the wheels that need it most. The heightened traction that comes with an AWD vehicle comes with the caveat that your tires will wear faster than on a FWD or RWD model. However, you should check your owner’s manual or contact your local service center to find out exactly when and how to rotate tires.

Tire Rotation Patterns: FWD, RWD, AWD

  • RWD Tires: The rear tires are moved to the front and kept on the same sides, but when the front tires are moved to the rear, the sides need to be switched.
  • FWD Tires: The front tires require the opposite: the front tires are moved to the back of the car and kept on the same sides. The rear tires are moved to the front, and the sides are flipped.
  • AWD/4WD Tires: The pattern for AWD/4WD cars is a little simpler, however:
    • Left rear tire switches places with the right front tire
    • Right rear trades with the left front

How to Rotate Tires at Home: Step-By-Step Guide

To rotate tires, you’ll need to gather: a car jack, a lug nut wrench, and a set of car jack stands. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure the parking brake is engaged.
  2. On all four wheels, loosen the lug nuts but don’t remove them. This helps make unscrewing them when the tire is elevated less hassling.
  3. Use the jack to lift up one wheel, then place a jack stand underneath.
  4. Remove the tires one by one.
  5. Make sure the tires have the correct tire pressure. Adjust as needed, then rotate them according to your drivetrain. Place each tire back onto its wheel mount, then screw the lug nuts on by hand.
  6. Lower the car from the jack stands, then use the lug wrench to tighten the nuts. To ensure even tightening, tighten the nuts in a star pattern. The brake rotor can warp if the nuts aren’t tightened appropriately, so make sure none are loose.
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Get all Your Maintenance Needs at Partyka Mazda!

Although it can be a joy to get to know your car a little better by rotating your tires yourself, there are plenty of reasons why entrusting it with certified experts can be the right choice. Our trained technicians at Partyka Mazda are here to help! From oil changes to parts replacement, we’ll have you back on Shelton and Ansonia roads in no time. If you’re still hungry for more service tips and tricks, don’t hesitate to contact our service team with any questions or visit us in Hamden today!

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