How to Rotate Tires

Tire StackAs many Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly drivers will know, tires play a crucial role in keeping you in control. It's critical to keep them in great shape by rotating them regularly. If you've ever wondered how to rotate tires, just follow the easy steps outlined for you below by the team at Audi Peabody! 

Step 1: Know Your Tires 

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Before you rotate your tires, you'll want to know the pattern you'll be using. Depending on whether you use directional or non-directional tires, this will be different. Directional tires use a one-way tread pattern optimized for either the left or right side of the car, so you'll want to swap the front and rear tires on each side. 

Non-directional tires are designed to work on any wheel. On a rear-wheel drive car, move the left-front tire diagonally to the right-rear, and the right-front to the left-rear. Move the rear tires straight forward. Do the opposite for front-wheel drive cars: move rear tires to opposite sides of the front, and front tires straight back. 

Step 2: Rotate Tires  

 Steps to Rotating Your Tires 
 1: Loosen the lug nuts on all your wheels 
 2: Use a car jack to raise your car and jack stands to keep it secure 
 3: You can fully unscrew all the lug nuts 
 4: Remove the tires from the wheel mounts and rotate them according to the correct pattern 
 5: Screw the lug nuts back on by hand as well as you can when you place the tires on their new wheel mounts 
 6: Lower the car with your jack and tighten the lug nuts with your tire iron 
 

Once you have your pattern figured out, it's time to raise the car. Start by engaging the parking brake for your safety. 

Loosen the lug nuts on all your wheels, so they're easier to unscrew when the car is elevated. Then, use a car jack to raise your car and jack stands to keep it secure. At this point, you can fully unscrew all the lug nuts. 

Remove the tires from the wheel mounts and rotate them according to the correct pattern. Screw the lug nuts back on by hand as well as you can when you place the tires on their new wheel mounts. Then, lower the car with your jack and tighten the lug nuts with your tire iron. You're finished! 

Why Tire Rotation Is Important

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How do tire rotations extend the life of your tires? Simple. They reduce the rate at which your tires wear down-and they ensure even tread wear. Front tires typically wear faster than rear ones (given that they carry more of your car's weight), and turns usually wear the front tires at different rates.

Rotating your tires will keep them all on even ground in the long run, so you can get more value from your current set-and drive safer on the roads. You should rotate your tires every 6 months or 6,000 miles for optimal effectiveness, even if they don't show signs of wear. 

Schedule Tire Service with Us 

Now that you know how to rotate tires, we hope your DIY tire rotation works out well, so you can get back to the roads of Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly. 

If you run into any problems, or if you decide you'd rather let a certified technician do the work for you, feel free to make an appointment at the Audi Peabody Service Center. We'll ensure that your tire rotation goes off without a hitch, so you can return to the roads with confidence!  

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