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My mother has a 95LX wagon with the stock steel wheels and bi-directional Yohohama Avid Touring tires on all fours.

Here is the order I was planning on roataing:
  1. LF --> RR
  2. LR --> LF
  3. RF --> LR
  4. RR --> RF

Anything special I need to know when I remove the wheels and tighten the lug nuts? Like driving 100 miles and tightening again, etc?[/list][/list]
 

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Looks like you've got the rotation order correct.

It's going to be a bitch to get those front tires to the back diagonally unless you've got 4 jackstands. Break the lugs loose while it's on the ground.. then put her up on jackstands (front first, so the parking brake can keep it steady with the rear wheels on the ground) and then rotation should take you a matter of minutes. If you have a torque wrench, check your Haynes manual for the torque lug specs (I can't remember them offhand) and tighten them to the max spec w/ steel wheels, and the lowest spec whenever you're dealing with alloy/aluminum wheels.

You may want to torque the lugs again after a few days of driving.. I don't really see the need for the 100miles figure except that it's easy for people to remember. Mainly you want the car to roll a bit to ensure that the suspension is settled, all the way down.. instead of loading up against the wheels with the positive camber from having the car in the air. (did that make sense?)

Oh, and warn your mom to take it easy on turns and during hydroplaning conditions for a little while. Rotating the wheels makes the tires last longer, but changes the shape of the contact paches just enough to change the handling and hydroplaning resistance ever so slightly (not a big deal when you're talking about a motherly figure driving an escort wagon :wink: )
 

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Well getting all four up in the air should be no problem... I've got a few cinder blocks and some jackstands and a jack...

A torque wrench though. Hm. That I certainly don't have.

Should I put anti-sieze compound on the lugnuts or anything? Maybe some WD-40?
 

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Nahh. Just make sure the threads are clean.

Pick up a micrometer torque wrench when your budget allows.. or ask for one for your B-Day/Xmas. They're your best friend when it comes to putting things back together properly.



These are $70 from Sears. Lug nuts aren't a big enough job to warrant buying one though.
 

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I usually rotate:

LF -> RR
RR -> RF
RF -> LR
LR -> LF

And I use the spare tire in the LF position while swapping all the rest. I end up jacking up the car 5 time total. It doesn't take too long to do all of this.
 
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