How to Do a Tire rotation

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When you drive a luxury vehicle, such as a new or pre-owned Maserati, it’s always advisable to visit an authorized service center for a tire rotation or any other routine service. The service team at Maserati of Austin will keep your vehicle in peak condition for many years to come. However, if you’re curious about how to do a tire rotation, read through Maserati of Austin’s guide below to learn more about the steps involved.

Why Have Your Tires Rotated?

Tires wear at different speeds and in different tread patterns. There are a lot of factors that impact tread wear, such as drivetrain, road conditions, and how you drive. During turns, tires are especially impacted. The outer edges of the front tires tend to wear more quickly, while the rear tires wear evenly. If you never complete a tire rotation, they’ll continue to wear in this fashion, leading to the need for early replacement. Replacing tires can be expensive, so it’s better for your wallet to simply keep up with rotations.

When Should You Rotate Your Tires?

The general rule of thumb is that 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. Why the difference in distance intervals? AWD engages all tires by allocating engine power to the wheels that need it most. This causes faster and more sporadic wear. Again, these are general suggestions; check your owner’s manual to find out exactly when to rotate tires.

Tire Rotation Patterns: FWD, RWD, AWD

  • FWD Tires: 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.
  • RWD Tires: For RWD cars, the opposite is required. 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.
  • AWD/4WD Tires: Here’s the pattern for AWD/4WD cars:
    • Left rear goes to the right front
    • Right rear goes to the left front
    • Right front goes to the left rear
    • Left front goes to the right rear

Rotating Your Tires: 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.

Schedule Tire Rotation at Maserati of Austin!

Would you rather have a professional complete this service for you, rather learn how to rotate tires at home? The trained technicians at Maserati of Austin are here to help! We’ll have you back on Houston and Dallas roads in no time. Schedule an appointment online from the comfort of your home or office. Don’t hesitate to contact our service team with any questions!