Rearward cross tire rotation, anyone?

Rearward cross tire rotation, anyone?

Hi, have any of you chosen the rearward cross tire rotation (fig A in the link below) on their Model 3? Service recommended a simple back to front switch (figure D). Michelin recommends fig.A for RWDs, where as Tesla is recommending fig.D. I'll likely go with what service recommends.

Also, bonus question: Any folks know of/have any recommendations where they had their Model3's tires rotated at in Austin, TX? Service is charging ~$100 just for tire rotation, which seems a bit excessive.

Voltaire | May 22, 2019

I just rotated my tires myself using the rearward cross method yesterday. Of course, I understand time is money, and you may not want to do them yourself. However, I wanted the experience of doing it myself and making sure it was done correctly.

So, in case you or someone else is interested, here's what I purchased and how I did it...

2 Floor Jacks for $79.99 each (on sale for $59.99 with coupon on their site)

1/2" Drive 18" Breaker Bar for $9.99 (minus 30% with coupon)

1 Set of Wheel Chocksfor $7.99 (minus 30% with coupon)

1 Set of 4 Jack Pad Adapters for $29

1 TEKTON Torque Wrench for $38

1 21mm Lug Nut Socket for $5.46

Total cost including tax & shipping (granted I had a couple coupons and the jacks were on sale for $59.99) was $219.55

Took me about an hour, but I took time to thoroughly clean the alloy wheels underneath the aero covers so as to protect the finish long-term. In order to achieve the rearward cross, I lifted one side, swapped the wheels, lifted the other side, then swapped those wheels, then had to lift the back end and swap the back wheels. So, using just the two jacks required that third lift to get the wheels in the right place. Of course, if you wanted to save a few minutes and spend more you could get special jack stands (way too expensive in my opinion). I don't ever anticipate working underneath the car or having any body part underneath any part of the car. So, I decided not to buy jack stands.

Torqued the lug nuts to 129 ft-lbs per the spec.

Car drives just as smooth and solid as before.

One tip... I almost forgot to remove the jack pad adapters when i finished (the rubber o-ring holds them in the slot). I store mine in the lower compartment of the trunk. So, I'd recommend leaving the trunk (or frunk) open until you're completely done as a reminder to put the jack pad adapters away. Speaking of the jack pad adapters... there a lot of different ones available. I'd recommend shopping around. The ones I got are nice (milled from solid aluminum) but the plastic/polyurethane disc has some sort of sticky adhesive around the edge and a little on top (sloppily applied?). You can probably find nicer ones.

Good luck.

gbb0131 | May 22, 2019

Had mine done at Discount Tire and they did the cross method which is what my Dad always did when he was in the tire business.

vishious911 | May 22, 2019

@Voltaire: Thanks! Definitely gonna bookmark it!

@gbb0131: Awesome! Is this an Austin location? I'm just worried (paranoid?) a Tesla noob might accidentally damage the battery or the car.

holgerv | May 22, 2019

I've been told by my tire place that there is no need for cross rotation. I wish I'd remember the reasoning but this place (Tucker Tire in Mission Viejo, CA) is trusted and supported by many because of their expertise and service.

tucsonsims | May 22, 2019

I just did my second rotation at 12k miles this past weekend. Yes I used the rearward cross pattern as well.

BTW standard jack stands work just fine under the front lower control arms just a couple inches from the bushing. I can get all 4 wheels up in the air with the jack stands on the front and dual jacks in the rear..

Voltaire | May 22, 2019

@vishious911: My pleasure. Good luck.

@tucsonsims: Awesome tip regarding using the front lower control arms as jack stand supports. Thanks.

andrew | May 22, 2019

I use the rearward cross rotation pattern on both our Teslas (3 perf and SR+). I prefer this pattern because after 4 rotations each tire spends time in each position on the car. The front to back doesn't allow for each tire to do this as does neither the cross rotation.

geedub1023 | May 22, 2019


I'm in Texas, Discount Tire is in Austin and is the place to go. It's free and they have done tire rotations on many Teslas. Go to your nearest one and talk to a rep to ask all the questions you want...they are very professional and should lower your anxiety level.

geedub1023 | May 22, 2019

Forgot to add this....previous posts recommended:

LF goes to RR
RF goes to LR
LR goes to LF
RR goes to RF

terminator9 | May 22, 2019

I did mine last weekend at 7000 miles (I know Tesla now recommends 12000? but I had the tires off for another reason). I have RWD and he thread wear difference was so minimal that I would have been fine until 12000. I did rear to back.

andrew | May 23, 2019


the SR+ in the family with 18s at 5k miles had 1.5mm wear on rear versus 0.5mm wear on front. Decided to rotate based on that. I guess it just depends on your driving pattern.