Do-It-Yourself Tire Rotation Steps - Fargo, ND

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Getting regular maintenance on your new or used Toyota vehicle can really help to protect it from future problems. One such maintenance is to have your tires rotated, which can be taken care of in Fargo, ND. However, if you are the do-it-yourself kind of person, it is also easily done at home. Follow our supplies, safety, and steps for rotating your own tires to become the home-garage mechanic you always desired to be.


Tire Rotation Tools & Equipment

  • Lug nut wrench/Tire iron
  • Four tires (already on vehicle)
  • Spare tire (only if it is full-size and you want it rotated in)
  • Jack and Jack Stands


As with any other project that involves jacking up your car and placing it on jack stands, this needs to be done on level, firm ground. If it isn’t completely supported your car could fall off the stands, and then you would be in a lot of trouble and have the chance to be seriously injured.


Steps to Rotate Your Tires


There are many different ways to rotate your tires. You can simply switch the front and back tires, switch left and right, or go with more complicated techniques. Let us give you some of the terms we are going to use to describe how to rotate your tires.


Loosen the Lug Nutsin order to remove your flat tire you will first have to unscrew the lug nuts holding it on. Do this using your lug nut wrench or tire iron before jacking your Toyota off the ground. DO NOT REMOVE ALL THE WAY YET.


Jack Up Your CarLift your car off the ground using your car jack and lower it onto your jack stands in the correct place. Jack stand will create stability for your car.


Remove the Lug Nuts – Finish removing the lug nuts of the tires you want to rotate, and set them off in secure location where they will not roll away. If loosened enough, you may be able to just use your hand.


Rotate Your Tires – move your tires from their old location to their new location. See below for rotation formations and directions of rotations.


Replace Lug Nuts – Grab the lug nuts you set aside and tighten them back onto the wheel base that they belong to.


Lower Your Car – using your car jack, lift the car off the jack stands and then lower it to the ground so that it can be removed from under the vehicle.

Fully Tighten Lug Nuts – using your tire iron or lug wrench, fully tighten your lug nuts. This will call for a lot of strength to make sure they stay on.


Here is an instructional video that takes a deeper dive into rotating your tires. In this video they use and air compressed lug nut wrench to tighten and remove lug nuts:



Now that you have seen the basics of rotating your tires, follow the formations and patterns below for optimum even tread wear.


Formations and Patterns for Tire Rotations


Front to Rear Rotation


  • Rotate front right tire to rear right tire
  • Rotate rear right tire to front right tire
  • Rotate front left tire to rear left tire
  • Rotate rear left tire to front right tire


Side-to-Side Rotation


  • Rotate front right tire to front left tire
  • Rotate front left tire to front right tire
  • Rotate rear right tire to rear left tire
  • Rotate rear left tire to rear right tire


Rearward Cross Rotation


  • Rotate rear right tire to front right tire
  • Rotate front right tire to left rear tire
  • Rotate rear left tire to front left tire
  • Rotate front left tire to rear right tire


Forward Cross


  • Rotate front right tire to rear right tire
  • Rotate rear right tire to front left tire
  • Rotate front left tire to rear left tire
  • Rotate rear left tire to front right tire


X-Pattern


  • Rotate front right tire to rear left tire
  • Rotate rear left tire to front right tire
  • Rotate front left tire to rear right tire
  • Rotate rear right tire to front left tire


Your full-size spare tire can be rotated in to any of these patterns. Simply replace it for any spot that says rear right tire, and then put the current rear right tire as your new spare.


All of these patterns, of course, also pertain to the type of vehicle you drive. All-wheel drive and front wheel drive may have different pattern uses. Make sure to check your owner’s manual for specific instructions on which rotation is the best for your vehicle.


Remember not to try to attempt your own service if you feel uncomfortable or uncertain of your capabilities. At the Corwin Toyota Service Center we are glad to assist customers in all their service needs.