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How To Do A Tire Rotation

Removing a wheel from a vehicle

To ensure your safety on your Norristown commute or your next Collegeville road trip, it’s important to make sure your tires are properly inflated, have an appropriate amount of tread, and that they’re rotated in accordance with your Volkswagen maintenance schedule. Rotating your tires on a regular basis will give you better traction while you drive and extend the life of your tires. Learn how to rotate tires at home with the Wynn Volkswagen service team, and why tire rotation is a necessary part of Volkswagen maintenance.

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Why Tire Rotation Is Necessary

Each Phoenixville driver has different driving habits, and because of that, their tires won’t wear evenly. Rough terrain and frequent turns affect different areas of your tires. For instance, if you make frequent right turns for your King of Prussia commute, then your passenger-side tires will wear faster than your driver’s side. If you have rear-wheel-drive as opposed to front-wheel-drove, your back tires will lose their tread quicker than your front tires. If you leave your tires in the same position for longer than recommended, you will need to replace them more frequently.

How Often You Should Rotate Your Tires

How often you need to rotate your tires will depend on if you have all-wheel-drive, front-wheel-drive, or rear-wheel-drive. Front and rear-wheel-drive tires generally need to be rotated every 5,000 – 7,500 miles. All-wheel-drive tires should be rotated every 3,000 – 5,000 miles. Your tires may need to be rotated more or less frequently based on your Volkswagen models or your driving habits. We recommend checking your vehicle owner’s manual for specific tire-rotation intervals.

Tire Rotation Positions

If you’re considering rotating your tires at home, there are some differences between rotating front-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive tires. Read below to see how to properly rotate your tires depending on your drivetrain.

  • FWD Tires: Move the front tires to the back of the car in the same left/right positions. When it’s time to move the rear tires to the front, you must switch the right and left tire.
  • RWD Tires: The opposite is true with RWD vehicles. Rear tires can be moved to the front of the car in the same left/right positions, but when you move the front tires to the rear, you need to switch the left and right tire.

How To Do a Tire Rotation

Rotating your tires is a relatively easy task, but if you feel more comfortable with one of our certified Volkswagen technicians rotating them for you, then you can easily schedule service with our service team online! Otherwise, follow the instructions below to see how to rotate tires at home.

  1. First, gather the proper tools. You will need a car jack, lug nut wrench, and a set of jack stands.
  2. Begin by loosening the lug nuts on all of your wheels, but don’t remove them. This makes unscrewing easier when the car is elevated.
  3. Use the car jack to lift up one wheel at a time and place a jack stand underneath it. Lift up one wheel with a car jack and place the jack stand underneath it. Then slowly lower the car jack until your Volkswagen is resting on the jack stand.
  4. Remove your Volkswagen tires one by one.
  5. While you have your tires down, check the tire pressure and the tread depth of each tire. Once you’re satisfied with their condition, rotate them according to the instructions above.
  6. Place your tires back onto their wheel mounts and screw the lug nuts on by hand as far as you can.
  7. Gently lower the car from the jack stands using the car jack and use the lug wrench to finish tightening the nuts. Ensure even tightening by tightening the nuts in a diagonal pattern.

As you can see, learning how to do a tire rotation is a relatively simple thing, but you can always contact our service team if you have any questions about rotating your tires at home or if you need to order new tires for your Volkswagen.

Have Your Volkswagen Serviced at Wynn Volkswagen!

Whether you need a tire rotation or a simple oil change, or want to know how many miles tires last, the service team at Wynn Volkswagen is here to help you keep your Volkswagen in it’s best condition. Browse our service specials to save on general maintenance and parts, then browse our service tips for other helpful guides on Volkswagen maintenance.

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