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Do you rotate your wheels yourself? or do you get a tire place/dealer to do it...since don't they also BALANCE and ALIGN them? Or is that balance and alignmnt not needed? ...another stealership ruse?

For how to do it I have read many posts here including "Toyota FJ Cruiser Discussion > Wheels and Tires > 5 Tire rotation"...so will use the REARWARD CROSS rotation method when it comes to it.



And for how regularly I understand there's nothing to be lost from rotating as often as every 500 miles but maybe every 1500-2500 miles is a good amount if you want to do it more often than the normal 5000 miles.


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I always rotate my tires myself using the 5 tire "rearward cross" shown above. I do it (and an oil change) every 5k miles. In theory you can do it as often as you want as long as the interval is consistent, but I'm a busy college student and I get pretty even wear with 5k intervals. Only time I get the FJ aligned is when I've done some mod that affects it, or if it feels like it needs aligned. The shop I get my tires from does a good job of balancing them from the start, so I've never had to go back and get them re-balanced.
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I don't rotate the tires, i drive the FJ for what it is a lumbering SUV not a sports car. In 13 years the tires have worn evenly. IMO checking your tire pressure regularly is paramount to long tire life.

Alignnment - only when i mess around on the front end or if i hit a big pothole or big impact.
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No need to do it more often than 5k miles unless you're having problems with wear. Only get it aligned if you have problems with wear also or if you just mounted some new expensive tires it wouldn't hurt.
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Re: ROTATE TIRES yourself? Balance & align?

Rotate my own tires using the 5 tire method shown in the diagram. It's easy because you only have to have 1 corner jacked up at a time.

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Re: ROTATE TIRES yourself? Balance & align?

I rotate my tires myself. I only do it when I notice the tires starting to feather a bit. About every 5K miles. I only get it aligned if I knock it out offroading or maybe once a year if I just want it checked.

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Re: ROTATE TIRES yourself? Balance & align?

When I was a starving college student I used to rotate the tires myself - but now I go to the dealer. They're fast, usually torque the nuts in the 85-90ftlb range, and I don't get dirty. :- )

I go to the dealer to rotate every 8-10K miles and also have the dealer rebalance every 20K (they have a Hunter RoadForce balancer) I've found that my cars and trucks ride a lot smoother at highway speeds if I rebalance every 20K - I'm always amazed at how different the balance weights are (in both weight and rim location) each time.

I only rotate four tires, leaving the spare to live out its life as a (hopefully) un-needed hatch ornament.
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Re: ROTATE TIRES yourself? Balance & align?

i rotate just the 4, myself, every 5k miles. i don't think rotating 5 adds that much mileage and it's less painful only having to buy 4 tires at a time. when i get a new set mounted i swap one out with the spare so i don't end up with a 12 year old spare. i have been running TreadWright M/T's since the truck was new and have gotten 40k on each set. they still had plenty of tread left when i swapped them but they get so damn loud you can't hear yourself fart. i'm on my 3rd set now.

i just bought a quick-jack lift which should make the job a lot easier in the future.
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I used to do it myself, but Discount Tire does it for free so I let them do it.

5,000 mile interval is plenty.
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Re: ROTATE TIRES yourself? Balance & align?

Every 5k miles I rotate my tires, change my oil, and grease my zerks. I have a 6MT which means my FJ is full time four wheel drive so I only do the four tire rotation. I get an alignment after suspension or steering alterations, or after moving to a noticeably larger tire size, not after a tire rotation.

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