Tips for rotating your tires

August 11, 2011 12:00 AM

Rotating your tires might sound intimidating, but it's really not all that difficult a process to pull off. Drivers who are able to rotate their tires themselves will save money, as they won't have to buy tires quite as often.

Why do tires need to be rotated? Simply put, tires wear down at different rates depending on whether they are at the front or rear of the car. By rotating your tires, you lengthen the lifespan of each one, writes Edmunds.

You can find the process for rotating your car's tires in your owner's manual - some will rotate front-to-back, side-to-side, or both, depending on the model. Once you know where each tire is going, get a jack and a friend/assistant to help out. Loosen the lug nuts on your wheels, making sure to do one side at a time. Make sure your e-brake is engaged, then raise the car slightly off the ground with a jack. Block off the wheels just in case and obviously ensure you do this on a flat surface.

From there, you simply have to remove the tires, much like you were changing a flat, and swap the position of each tire. This is where that friend comes in handy - you'll need an extra set of hands to hold each tire in place.

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