What is The Proper Tire Rotation Pattern?

 

Regularly rotating your tires keeps you safe on Dublin roads. Thankfully, rotating your tires is easy enough for most Lewis Center-area drivers to do it at home, but what is the proper tire rotation pattern? The proper question is actually, “what tire pattern should you use?” since the appropriate pattern depends on your drivetrain. The Celebration Kia service center is here to help you find your answer.

 

 

How to Rotate Tires Yourself

Rotating your tires is an important part of your regularly scheduled maintenance. It ensures that your tires wear evenly and helps them last longer than they would otherwise. If you want to rotate your tires at home in Columbus, gather these tools:

  • A car jack
  • a lug nut wrench
  • and a set of jack stands

Then, follow these steps:

  1. Park your vehicle in a level place and engage your parking brake as a safety precaution.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts on all four wheels, without completely removing them. Doing this makes it easier to unscrew the nuts when the tire is elevated.
  3. Lift up one wheel with a car jack and place the jack stand underneath it. Repeat with each tire.
  4. Remove the tires one by one, and note their original positions.
  5. Check your tires’ pressures and fill them to the optimal level if you need to.
  6. Once filled, rotate them according to the appropriate pattern.
  7. One by one, put each tire back onto its wheel mount and screw the lug nuts on by hand as far as you can.
  8. Lower the car from the jack stands and use the lug wrench to finish tightening the nuts. Work the lugnuts diagonally from one to another in a star pattern to ensure even tightening. If the lug nuts aren’t tightened evenly it can cause the brake rotor to warp.

Like we said, the answers to “what is the proper tire rotation pattern?” and “what tire rotation pattern should you use?” depend on your model.

What Tire Rotation Pattern Should You Use?

The model of your vehicle and its drivetrain will determine which rotation pattern you should use. We’ve listed your options below:

For Front-Wheel Drive Vehicles:

The Forward Cross:

  • Move the front left tire to the back left position
  • Move the front right tire to the back right position
  • Move the rear left tire to the front right position
  • Move the rear right tire to the front left position

For All-Wheel Drive Vehicles:

The X-Pattern:

  • Move the front left tire to the back right position
  • Move the front right tire to the back left position
  • Move the rear left tire to the front right position
  • Move the rear right tire to the front left position

For Rear-Wheel Drive Vehicles:

The Rearward Cross:

  • Move the front left tire to the back right position
  • Move the front right tire to the back left position
  • Move the rear left tire to the front left position
  • Move the rear right tire to the front right position

Your Tire Type: Directional vs. Non-Directional

Some tires are made specifically for either the right or left side of your vehicle. These are called directional tires, and you’ll be able to identify them by their one-way pattern or by a triangle or arrow symbol on their sidewall. The symbol will indicate which direction the tire turns, as well as which side it should be on.

If you have directional tires, keep them on the same side of the vehicle, but still move them backward or forward. If not, you can safely swap which side they’re on.

Celebration Kia Can Answer Your Tire Care Questions

If you have questions about rotating the tires on your Kia model or would like to schedule service with us, contact us. Our team in Lewis Center will be happy to help.

 

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