Welcome to Tesla Motors Club
Discuss Tesla's Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, Cybertruck, Roadster and More.
Register

Rotate the tires with one jack?

MarsOrBust

Member
Sep 25, 2020
458
286
Kepler-22b
I have the pads for the jacking points and the torque wrench but not sure if its possible to rotate the tires using a single jack.
Let me know how you guys that do it yourself accomplish this. Thanks
 

boiler81

Member
Feb 22, 2016
750
649
Manson, WA
So if you lift from the front jack pad, it will lift the both wheels on that side off the ground, allowing a simple front to back rotation (unidirectional tires).
Don't know how to safely rotate side to side with one jack unless you have a spare tire to use during the process, or one of those Tesla "Safe Jack" stands.
 
  • Helpful
Reactions: Phlier

Gizmo35

Member
Aug 4, 2019
149
153
San Diego, CA
I rotate tires using one jack pad and a floor jack on the rear to raise one side off the ground moving front to rear and rear to front then I repeat on the other side. I have an impact wrench so the process is really quick for me. I also chock the wheels on the opposite side being jacked. Hope this helps.
 
  • Helpful
  • Like
Reactions: X-pilot and Phlier

boiler81

Member
Feb 22, 2016
750
649
Manson, WA
Did not know the car was that stiff that both sides came up.

Yeah, that's why Sandy Munro criticized Tesla for designing the M3 so strong (& heavy) without relying on the battery pack for structural strength.
I guess Tesla has fixed that via the structural battery pack announced on Battery day.
 
  • Like
Reactions: RNHurt

MarsOrBust

Member
Sep 25, 2020
458
286
Kepler-22b
Quick jack sure looks nice but a bit pricey for me now, specially since I would only use it for tire rotation.
What makes the Safe Jack so awful?
I don't own them but curious to know.
 

Sunshine State

Automotive Enthusiast
Jul 13, 2017
1,366
1,062
Florida
So if you lift from the front jack pad, it will lift the both wheels on that side off the ground, allowing a simple front to back rotation (unidirectional tires).
Don't know how to safely rotate side to side with one jack unless you have a spare tire to use during the process, or one of those Tesla "Safe Jack" stands.
Reversing the rotation of a radial tire (even non directional tires) after the tire has been in service isn’t recommended and therefore only same side rotation is recommended in non staggered applications unless the tire is dismounted and doesn’t have a inside or outside tread design. Staggered setup rotation is not recommended at all. Irregular wear is likely from changing rotation and may cause more tire issues than benefit.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Phlier

Dolemite

is my name
Sep 19, 2019
1,271
1,575
Left Coast
Quick jack sure looks nice but a bit pricey for me now, specially since I would only use it for tire rotation.
What makes the Safe Jack so awful?
I don't own them but curious to know.
See my post here: MASTER THREAD: Jack Points — location, use, damage, pads, etc.

Reversing the rotation of a radial tire (even non directional tires) after the tire has been in service isn’t recommended and therefore only same side rotation is recommended in non staggered applications unless the tire is dismounted and doesn’t have a inside or outside tread design. Staggered setup rotation is not recommended at all. Irregular wear is likely from changing rotation and may cause more tire issues than benefit.
Could you provide more details on this? First time I’ve heard it. One of the main things I like about this car is that I can rotate tires properly - front/back and side/side. Otherwise my left hand side tires are always wearing out before the rest.

I've been thinking about looking at a QuickJack, but have been a bit lazy lately... haven't researched which model QJ would be appropriate for a Model 3.

Any help? :)
5000SLX will be a bit short - about 1” - but will work fine without any negative consequences. Bunch of guys here are using it. 5000EXT will fit “properly” but that won’t fit a Miata, which I’m likely to own again someday. 7000 variants of each will likely work as well?
 
  • Helpful
Reactions: RNHurt and Phlier

LionXng

Member
Mar 4, 2020
270
374
Virginia
I have the pads for the jacking points and the torque wrench but not sure if its possible to rotate the tires using a single jack.
Let me know how you guys that do it yourself accomplish this. Thanks

The mobile ranger who did my rotation used a single jack. Looked like the rear jack point and it lifted both wheels on one side enough for him to swap them.
 
  • Like
Reactions: mspohr

MXLRplus

Active Member
Mar 11, 2020
1,599
2,463
Eastvale, CA
re: radial rotation -


Could you provide more details on this? First time I’ve heard it. One of the main things I like about this car is that I can rotate tires properly - front/back and side/side.

Maintaining rotation was true when radial tires were first introduced due to ply separation issues. It is no longer an issue except on racing tires and directional tires.

Rotating directional tires 'backwards' can increase the risk of hydroplaning, increase noise, and accelerate wear.
 

Sunshine State

Automotive Enthusiast
Jul 13, 2017
1,366
1,062
Florida
Could you provide more details on this? First time I’ve heard it. One of the main things I like about this car is that I can rotate tires properly - front/back and side/side. Otherwise my left hand side tires are always wearing out before the rest.
I learned it in automotive school before getting ASE certified and working at one of our family dealerships. In the past x pattern rotation wasn’t recommended due to early radial tire construction limitations (shortly after bias ply tire phaseout). Today the main reason to only rotate on the same side is if a tire has irregular wear (not normal wear) patterns reversing the tire it can cause exaggerated wear. Tire rotation isn’t a correction for improper alignment wear problems and those tire wear issues can only be corrected by alignment. If tracking a car and the wear is simply from extreme loading then cross rotation may be a good solution if the tire design and sizing allows.
 
Last edited:

EnrgyNDpndnce

Member
Sep 12, 2016
635
1,045
Charleston, SC
I use a jack on the rear Jack point and place a jack stand with pad under the front just to be sure. Also use wheel chocks on the side not being lifted. Rotate same side F to B and B to F, then rinse and repeat on the other side. I drive a lot so I rotate every 10k miles and this has worked well for me for my first 100k miles.
 

About Us

Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.

Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


SUPPORT TMC
Top