Today someone on WordPress named Jerry27 asked, “How do we rotate tires?” Well today Dignity Repairs has an answer for you Jerry.
First off you need to know if you are rotating directional or non-directional tires. In this blog we will teach you how to rotate both types.
How to Rotate Non-directional Tires: The tread pattern on non-directional tires is done in such a way that the tire can be put on the wheel for any directional rotation. You can switch the side the tires are on when you rotate them.
For rotating non-directional tires, use the cross pattern. For cars with rear-wheel drive, move the front tires to the opposite sides of the rear: left-front to right-rear and right-front to left-rear. The rear tires are moved straight forward.
How to rotate Directional tires: Directional tires have a one-way tread pattern that are used for the direction the tires rotate on the car. They are made to go either the left or right side. The grooves are angled for handling, and they also do a good job of keeping water out from under the tire on wet surfaces, reducing hydroplaning and improving wet traction.
Little arrows or triangles on the side-wall show the way the tire is supposed to turn.
To rotate directional tires, just use the front right tire for the back right tire, and the front left tire for the back left tire.
Steps to rotate tires
First engage parking brake: Just for your safety.
Second Loosen the lug nuts on all your wheels: Do not take them off completely yet. Loosening when the car is lifted will make unscrewing them a bit easier.
Third Lift up one wheel with car jack and place jack stand underneath it
Fourth Remove the tires and rotate them to the appropriate pattern for your type
Fifth Lower the car from the jack stands: Take the wrench and tighten the nuts even more. It’s best to work lug nuts diagonally from one to another. It should look like a star pattern. This ensures even tightening. Unbelievingly tightening the lug nuts can mess up the brake rotor.
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Not sure when you replace your tires? Here are some tips that will help you determine when your tires should be repaired or replaced.
Check your tires periodically for wear. We understand that you probably don’t look at your tires very often, but it’s a good habit to get into. If you look at them regularly, you will have an easier time discerning whether the tires are in good shape or if a problem is developing.
Recognize what’s going on with your tire wear. Do any of your tires look like this? If yes, it’s time to replace your tires.
How is the tire tread holding up? If you can stick a penny in between the tire tread and Lincoln’s head is covered, your tires still have plenty of tread. However, if you stick the penny in between the tread and you can clearly see Lincoln’s head, your tires need to be replaced.
Do you see any signs of bubbling, cupping, or bulging in your tires? If yes, your tires are at risk of blowing out, and that’s very dangerous. Do your best to avoid driving your vehicle until you replace those bubbling, cupping, or bulging tires.
Look for nails or other debris stuck in your tires. Nails can cause a flat, but often we can repair the flat right away. If your tires have any nails breaking the surface, get your flat tire fixed right away.
In sum, come and see us at Robert’s Collision & Repair when your tires need to be repaired or replaced. From wheel alignments and tire rotation to installing a full set of new tires, we are happy to help.
Stop by or contact Dignity’s Auto Repairs and Services at 416-710-0361. We are conveniently located at 626 Dundas Street West. Toronto, ON M5T 1H7. See you soon!