Rotate Your tires For SpringMarch 30, 2020 12:37 pm
With spring right around the corner, you need to take the time now to change out your winter gear, wash off the salt and grime of winter, and change out your tires. If you live in a snow prone area, you most likely had winter tires on your vehicle all winter long. If this is the case, now is the time to transition over to all-weather tires or summer tires if you haven’t already done so. If you live somewhere a bit milder and didn’t have a need for winter tires, your tires still need your attention. You can easily expand your tires’ expected lifespans by doing regular tire rotations, at least once to twice a year. If you want to save some cash this year, you can easily handle this fix yourself if you just have a few simple tools and a bit of time on your hands. Come into your local U Pull And Pay today to get all the parts and tips you need to handle tire rotations and much more. Here are some quick tips to get you off and running on your next tire rotation.
What Tools You Will Need
- Car Jack
- Jack Stands
- Lug Wrench
- New Lug Nuts (If Necessary)
Directional Tire Rotation
The first thing you need to do is to establish what kind of tires you have on your vehicle and adjust them accordingly. Directional tires have treads specifically designed to be on either the left or right side of your car, and if you were to put them on the wrong side of your vehicle, these tires would start to quickly shred. You can easily tell if you have directional tires on your vehicle by looking at the tires to see if they have little arrows on their sidewalls. If you have directional tires, simply take your front tires and put them on the rear and vice versa with the rear wheels. Make sure that you keep your tires on the appropriate sides.
Unlike directional tires, non-directional tires have treads on them that can work well at any tire position. For non-directional tires, you need to focus on the tires that are powered. If your vehicle is rear-wheel drive, use a crisscross pattern to put the left front tire on the rear wheel axle and the right front tire on the left rear axle. Then simply move the back two tires up, putting the right rear tire on the front right axle and the back left tire on the front left axle. If your vehicle is front-wheel drive do the opposite, cross the rear tires for the front, and bring the two front tires directly back.
Taking care of your vehicle doesn’t need to be a chore, and a little bit of knowledge and the right parts goes a long way. If you want to find out more about how you can easily take your car care into your own hands, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert staff will help you get the best deal on the parts you need and make sure that you leave feeling confident that you can easily tackle your project.
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This post was written by Jonathan Kling