How to Rotate Tires

How to Rotate Tires

Learn How to Rotate Tires the Fastest Way

Get the most out of your tires by following our lead. Here at God’s Wrench you will learn how to rotate tires the fastest and easiest way. Located towards the bottom of this page, is our how to guide for a step by step process on how to rotate your tires.

Not rotating your tires is like cooking grilled chicken on one side… dangerous.

However, before we teach you how, you need to know what tire rotation is and how important it is for your safety and overall car well-being.

What is Tire Rotation?

Rotating tires simply put is, taking your tires off your vehicle and moving them to another tire location on your vehicle.

How to Change a Tire On a Car
Changing a car tire

This process allows each tire to serve in as many of the vehicle’s wheel positions as possible. Tire wear patterns form differently on each tire depending on there location on your vehicle.

You want your tires to wear evenly. So, by rotating your tires as recommended, this will allow you to get the most life out of your tires.

Learning how to rotate tires will save you a lot of money, increase tire life, and allow your vehicle to preform better. Not to mention, your vehicle will be safer as you drive.

Remember, tire rotation can NOT correct wear problems due to worn mechanical parts or incorrect inflation pressures.

Importance of Tire Rotation

For starters, many tire mileage warranties require regular tire rotation to keep the warranty valid. Remember, the first rotation is the most important.

Tire rotation can prove to be beneficial to your vehicle. When done at the recommended times and done correctly, it can preserve your tire balance, handling, traction, and even out tire wear. In addition, when you rotate your tires as recommended, you will experience performance advantages.

Tire rotation is a regular vehicle maintenance that should take place every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Rotating tires helps even out tire wear.

Using a Milwaukee m18 makes tire rotation short and simple.

Milwaukee M18 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench
Milwaukee M18 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench

Provides maximum productivity by removing stubborn and high torque fasteners up to 2X faster than the competition.

Please note: After tires are rotated, you should adjust all of your tires to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressures. In addition to having correct PSI, always torque lug nuts or lug bolts to manufacturer’s recommended specification via your owners manual.


Rotating your tires isn’t always as simple as it sounds. When it comes to the proper rotation of your tires there are a few factors to consider before even touching your wheels.

There are specific tire rotation patterns that should be followed, based on the factors listed below:

  • Before you even begin to learn how to rotate your tires, you need to know if your car is all wheel drive, front wheel dive, or rear wheel drive. Depending on the answer to that question, will determine how you rotate your tires.
  • Further, you will need to determine if your tires are directional or non-directional. The difference between these two types of tires is their tread pattern. Directional tires have a tread pattern that is designed to rotate in only one direction.
  • In addition to those factors, you will need to know your tire’s sizes. For instance, if your back wheels are larger than your front wheels, they can not be rotated front to back. Instead, they have to be rotated side to side.
How to Rotate Tires
How to Rotate Non-Directional Tires

How to Rotate Tires on Any Vehicle Step by Step

Time needed: 20 minutes.

How to preform a standard tire rotation non-directional tires on any vehicle.

  1. Check your tire condition

    Inspect all of your tires to make sure that they are still safe. However if you have bad tires you should replace them and not rotate.

  2. Lift your vehicle

    Roll your jack under the correct lift points and lift your vehicle. After that place your jack stands under the correct lift points of your vehicle.

  3. Take your lug nuts off

    Use your electric impact to remove your lug nuts. However, if using a breaker bar you need to loosen your lug nuts prior to lifting your vehicle.

  4. Rotate your tires

    Swap your left front tire with your left rear and your right front tire with your right rear.

  5. Tighten your lug nuts

    Use your electric impact to tighten your lug nuts. However, if you use a torque wrench to tighten your lugs nuts make sure your tires kiss the ground.

  6. Lower your vehicle

    Remove jack stands and lower your vehicle. However, be sure to check your lug nut torque before lowering the car all the way.

  7. Check air pressure and retrain your TPMS sensors

    Use your portable tire inflator to inflate your tires to the correct pressure. After that retrain your TPMS senors to there new locations.

Portable Car Tire Inflator
Portable Car Tire Inflator

Setting desired air pressure is simple with the digital gauge, and the auto shutoff provides accurate inflation. The high volume hose allows fast inflation of tires and other inflatables with the push of a button.

Common Question(s) About Tire Rotation

Do you really have to rotate your tires?

You don’t have to rotate your tires. However, if you want to get the most out of your tires, you will need to rotate the as recommended every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Not rotating your tires could lead to further damages. A good way to keep track of tire rotation is to get it done every oil change. This process also gives you a chance to look at your brakes and suspension components.