In these hard economic times one way to save money on tires is to rotate the tires yourself instead of paying to have them rotated.
Tire rotation is an important part of tire life. Tires do not wear the same from right to left or rear to front. This is because of weight primarily from the drive axle and motor as well as other factors.
For instance if the vehicle has only one passenger which may be yourself the tire wear will be heavier on the driver side of the vehicle. Weight has everything to do with tire wear and how often one may want to rotate tires be it every six months or once a year.
At any rate rotating tires is a must for maximum wear.
Here are three different ways to rotate tires for even wear and long life:
Tools Needed: Car jack [Preferably a hydraulic jack], lug wrench, air wrench or socket wrench and sockets and scotches for the tires so the vehicle being jacked will not roll. Remember even if one is not on an uneven grade safety is the key for happy tire rotation so take the extra minute and scotch the wheels before jacking the vehicle.
Way 1: The standard X pattern which is putting the left rear tire on the right front side and the right rear tire on the front left side side. This is phase one now for phase two. Then put the right front tire on the rear left and the front left tire on the rear right. This has been the standard way for years and probably the way older folks remember.
Step 2: On front wheel drive vehicles one can simply switch the two back tires to the front both on the same side. Then switch the right front to rear left hand side and left front tire to rear right hand side. This process seems to work for this type vehicle. This is a simpler way to remember and seems to work just as well as the old X pattern.
Way 3: Rear wheel drive vehicles can also be done by moving the rear right tire to the front left and the rear left tire to the front right tire. The two front tires can then be simply moved to the rear on the same side of the vehicle. This way too is simple but the same amount of work goes into the rotation no matter which way one may choose.
Doing it yourself can save money and let you have the satisfaction of a job well done.