It’s always a good idea to perform routine maintenance on your Ford F-150. It is the small routine jobs that will keep your truck running well for many years to come. Tire rotation is one of these duties. It will keep your tires wearing at a uniform rate and help prevent premature tire replacement. Fortunately, it is also a job you can do yourself with some ordinary tools and equipment and about 30 minutes of your time. This procedure is the same whether yours is a 4X2, 4X4, Supercab, or other model.
Tools and Equipment Required
- spare tire/jack elevator tool (comes standard on your Ford F-150 and is stored in the engine compartment)
- jack (this is in a plastic holder bolted to the floor underneath the passenger seat ““ hand removal)
- lug nut wrench/hub cap remover tool (part of the jack)
- optional: air ratchet
You are going to be rotating your tires (includes spare tire) in the following order: spare tire goes to left rear, left rear goes to left front, left front goes to the right rear, right rear goes to right front, right front becomes the spare.
- Remove the spare tire/jack elevator tool from the engine compartment. Insert this long tool into the hole in the rear bumper (gives access to spare tire). Note: Tool must be inserted correctly into hole. It is in correctly when you have about 3 feet of tool protruding from rear bumper. Turn tool counter-clockwise to lower spare tire to ground. Push spare tire sideways to remove it from holder. Caution: Set the parking brake and place vehicle in park before beginning to rotate the tires.
- Note the lung nut wrench has a small lip on it. Use this to pry off all of the hubcaps.
- Before elevating your F-150, use the lung nut wrench to break loose the lug nuts on all of the wheels.
- Please jack underneath the vehicle. (Placement varies and depends on whether you drive a 4X4 or 4X2 F-150 and whether you are placing the jack underneath the front or rear of the truck. Consult your owner’s manual.)
- Use the jack tool attached to the jack to elevate the left rear of the vehicle. Remove the lug nuts with the lug nut wrench (or air ratchet). Remove tire and wheel, and install the spare. Tighten lug nuts snuggly with your spare tire tool. Lower vehicle.
- Jack up the left front of the vehicle. Remove the lug nuts with the lug nut wrench (or air ratchet). Remove the left front tire and wheel. Install the tire/wheel you just removed from the left rear onto the left front. Tighten lug nuts snuggly with your spare tire tool. Lower the left front.
- Elevate the right rear. Remove the lug nuts with the lug nut wrench (or air ratchet). Remove the tire and wheel. Install the tire/wheel you just removed from the left front onto the right rear. Tighten lug nuts snuggly with your spare tire tool. Lower the vehicle.
- Elevate the right front of the F-150. Remove the lug nuts with the lug nut wrench (or air ratchet). Remove the tire and wheel. Install the tire and wheel you just removed from the right rear onto the right front. Tighten lug nuts snuggly with your spare tire tool. Lower the vehicle.
- Grab the tire/wheel you just removed from the right front and attach it to the spare tire holder underneath the truck. Wheel/tire must be balanced on the spare tire holder.
- Using your spare tire tool, elevate and secure the spare tire/wheel underneath your Ford F-150.
- Tighten all lug nuts securely using your lug nut wrench or an air ratchet. Go around in a circle, and begin and end with tightening the same lug nut.
- Reinstall your hubcaps. Note that there are three tabs on each hubcap that snap into place on the wheel.