Rotating a tire

How to Do a Tire Rotation

If you’re like most Whitewater drivers, you like to do a lot of your own automotive maintenance. Save money and time on professional maintenance by learning how to rotate tires at home. If at-home maintenance doesn’t appeal to you, our service team at Drive Burtness in Orfordville is happy to take care of this task for you. But they’re also available to help the do-it-yourselfers, which is why we’ve put together this handy guide on how to rotate tires at home.

How to Rotate Tires at Home

As much as we respect self-starters, we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you there are times when tire rotation needs to be done by a professional. For instance, if your vehicle is an all-wheel drive, you’ll want to schedule a service appointment with us. The same is true if you need both a rotation and a balance. Otherwise, tire rotation is something you can likely handle yourself. Follow these steps on how how to do a tire rotation:

Vehicles That Are Not All-Wheel Drive (4WD, FWD, and RWD)

  • When to rotate tires: 6,000 to 8,000 miles
  • Switch the front left tire with the rear right tire
  • Switch the front right tire with the rear left tire

Dually pickup trucks (with two rear wheels on each side)

  • When to rotate tires: 6,000 to 8,000 miles or every six months
  • Rear inside tire on the right side: switch to the front right side
  • Rear outside tire on the right side: switch to the inside
  • Rear inside tire on the left side: switch to the front left side
  • Rear outside tire on the left side: switch to the inside
  • Front left tire: switch to rear left outside
  • Front right tire: switch to rear right outside

All-Wheel Drive Vehicles (popular with Orfordville drivers)

  • When to rotate tires: 5,000 to 7,500 miles
  • Do not attempt to rotate the tires yourself!

Trust Your Car to the Tire Experts at Drive Burtness

If you enjoyed our guide on how to rotate tires at home, check out our guides on how to check tire tread depth, how to check car oilhow often you should change your oil or how to install a car battery. And if you’re still confused about how to do a tire rotation, feel free to contact us. Our dealership is conveniently located near Janesville.

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