Tire Rotation

Moving tires from one location to another is called tire rotation. The front tires tend to wear faster than the back since they absorb turning forces, carry the engine weight, and support the added weight that shifts forward when braking. Rotating tires improves tire life by evening out tire wear. After rotating tires, check the tire pressure according to the tire placard on the vehicle.

Tire Rotation Pattern. Check the owner’s manual for the rotation pattern. Note: Some tires are directional, designed to roll in only one direction and should not be moved to the other side of the vehicle unless they are dismounted from the wheel, flipped, and remounted. An arrow on the sidewall indicates their forward rotation.

Lug Nut Torque Patterns. It is important to torque the lug nuts in a star pattern with a torque wrench. Torque refers to getting all of the lug nuts to the same tightness. Unevenly tightened lug nuts can warp brake drums and rotors. Over-tightened lug nuts make it difficult to change the tire later, while under-tightened lug nuts may cause the wheel to come off.