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    Newbie Question

    New to auto repair/maintenance

    What type of tools/equipment would I need to rotate my tires ?
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    There should be a lug nut wrench in your Jeep.
    You'll need a jack.

    However the Spinner wrenches are great to use because you can, get this, spin them!

    Also, make sure you check your lug nuts after after 100kms.
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    now you go from front left to back right, i would need something to lift the opposite sides ?

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    From Tirerack.com

    'If the vehicle is equipped with a matching road wheel and full-sized spare tire, they should be integrated into the vehicle's rotation pattern at the first tire rotation. This will allow all five of the vehicle's tires to share in the workload and wear at similar rates. In the event that a single tire is damaged and has to be removed from service, this will allow the tread depth equivalent spare tire to be used with the remaining three tires.

    If the spare is not integrated into the vehicle's tire rotation pattern, it will not match the tread depth of the four worn tires on the ground when called into service. Additionally, if a single tire is replaced by the full size spare tire, hopefully the new replacement tire can remain as the spare tire until the other four tires have worn out and need to be replaced.'

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    Originally posted by ILikeMud
    There should be a lug nut wrench in your Jeep.
    You'll need a jack.

    However the Spinner wrenches are great to use because you can, get this, spin them!

    Also, make sure you check your lug nuts after after 100kms.

    DID I miss this? " jack stands" be safe and use them!
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    Originally posted by Banger
    DID I miss this? " jack stands" be safe and use them!
    Oops.
    Yes, use stands. My bad.

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    Originally posted by ILikeMud
    Oops.
    Yes, use stands. My bad.
    No worries bud.

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    Question 1; You'll need a jack, 2 stands, and a good lug wrench. Takes about 30 minuites on the ground. Break the nuts loose ( turn) on the wheels on the ground first, then lift/support your vehicle.

    Question 2; You're gonna find everyone has their opinion, even experts. I do rotations every day at work. I've always gone front to back, left stays left, right stays right. I've had problems when people have asked for "cross rotations" with pulling. Keep it simple - front to back, back to front.

    As Banger and ILM said: USE STANDS. It's not worth saving $20 on stands if your jack fails.

    Do one side at a time.
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    Dont you tink he shoudl include his spare int he rotation? They are just GSA's. If he does that forces him to cross-rotate, and I think GSA's are directional so they gotta be reseated and balanced.

    For the cost I jsut get mine done at the shop, 40 bucks for a 5 tire rotate and balance. I know JaySals Jeep is a DD that sees the 400 every day, doesnt hurt to have them professionaly balanced.

    Originally posted by Noltz
    Question 1; You'll need a jack, 2 stands, and a good lug wrench. Takes about 30 minuites on the ground. Break the nuts loose ( turn) on the wheels on the ground first, then lift/support your vehicle.

    Question 2; You're gonna find everyone has their opinion, even experts. I do rotations every day at work. I've always gone front to back, left stays left, right stays right. I've had problems when people have asked for "cross rotations" with pulling. Keep it simple - front to back, back to front.

    As Banger and ILM said: USE STANDS. It's not worth saving $20 on stands if your jack fails.

    Do one side at a time.
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    $50 adds up.

    I'm cheap so I rather do it myself. Besides I've had some bad luck with so called 'professionals'.

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    I dunno, where i get mine done they do it right infront of you so you get to see its done right.

    Like I said, if he does a 5 tire rotation you gotta pull the rubber (directional tires).. I dont think JaySal wants to be breakin beads in his driveway.

    Unless he just wants to do the 4 tire, front to back swap. Personally I like puttin the spare in the rotation.

    PS: Jay if you just wanna do the front to back swap I got jack stands... should get a 1/2 in torque wrench tho
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    If you do a four tire rotation rather than a five, its a good time to check your spare. Its pretty frustrating when you get a flat and pull the spare out to find it is also lacking air.

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