Sometimes performing even the simplest of maintenance procedures on your
automobile can be the most beneficial. Oil changes are quick, simple and relatively inexpensive, but they are one of the key components to keeping your cars engine running smoothly and efficiently. The same can be said about the simplicity and importance of regular tire rotations. Rotating your tires allows for the wear on your tires to be evenly distributed which provides not only a lot more safe of a ride for you and your passengers, but also a longer tire life for all of your tires! It also helps with alignment and making sure you do not experience an often dangerous, sometimes accident causing blow out. Tire rotation is probably one the most inexpensive maintenance procedures you can have done on your vehicle and can even be done yourself with the right tools?
So how do you know when it’s time to rotate your tires, and what are the tools needed to perform this maintenance procedure on your own?
TWO ways to monitor when you should rotate the tires on your vehicle:
- Take a look at your cars owner’s manual, it has pretty much all the details you will need when it comes to maintaining your automobile properly. In it you will find the manufacturer’s recommended tire rotation interval, which is usually about every 5,000 miles.
- Some people like to monitor the wear on their tires themselves. This can be done by checking your tires periodically looking for advanced wear on either the front or back of your tires. Should you see that there is an uneven amount you will know it is time to have your tires rotated.
Should you choose to have a professional rotate your tires it is advised to have them rotated every other oil change. This will ensure that they are being maintained regularly and will only had a short amount of time to your oil change. Your mechanic shop may even have a special pertaining to the two! Should you choose to rotate your tires yourself the following tools are needed and/or suggested!
- Impact Wrench- Although it is not a required tool when rotating your tires itis very helpful in removing the lugnuts. Without one it may require a lot more effort and more time.
- Hydraulic Floor Jack VS. Scissor Jack- Either type of jack can be used to help lift the vehicle off the floor. The hydraulic jack tends to be little more stable and easy to maneuver
- Cinder Blocks VS. Jack Stands- Either can be used but again it is recommended that you use a standard tool that was made to actually keep a car off the ground once raised by a jack. Safety should always be the first priority when it comes to performing any procedures on your vehicle.
- Torque Wrench- used to make sure that your lugnuts have the right amount of torque on the, as recommended in your owner’s manual
How ever you choose to monitor your tire rotations as well as perform the tire rotation is entirely your choice. We strongly suggest keeping up with your tire maintenance as to ensure for a safe, smooth ride!