Rotating Your Tyres
Should you rotate your tyres?
Rotating your tyres is an important maintenance responsibility. Rotating the tyres extends the life of your tyres by helping them to wear evenly. Easy and inexpensive, rotating the tyres also helps to ensure the safety of yourself, your passengers and the other drivers on the road. The bonus? Improving your mileage. Extra bonus? You save money!
In this case, when we speak of rotating the tyres, we are not talking about the tyres rolling down the road. Rotating your tyres means to move them from one wheel position to another; front to back or left to right. Front, rear, all or four-wheel drive vehicles all benefit from having regular rotation.
One way to stay on top of your tyre rotation schedule is to have them rotated when you get your car serviced. We recommend that the tyres are rotated every 5,000 to 10,000 kilomters which is the equivalent of two to four times a year. There are always exceptions to the rule, many performance model cars have different schedules for tyre rotation. Following the recommended plan in the vehicle's manual is always the best idea.
It's all about even wear and it's all about getting the biggest bang for your buck. The entire reason behind tyre rotation is to help you get as many miles as possible out of your tyres. Tyres wear differently depending on driving styles, suspension components and where they are positioned on the vehicle.
While tyre rotation does not correct any issues due to worn components or incorrect inflation pressures, regular tyre rotations will allow your technician the opportunity to inspect the tyre and take note of the tyres condition. Your technician will be looking for uneven wear on the tyre tread and bulges. This also gives the technicians the chance to check the tyre pressure and bring the psi up to par.
The make and model of your vehicle determines if your mechanic rotates your tyres from front to back, called the forward cross, which is the primary pattern for front-wheel drive vehicles. The primary pattern for rear and four-wheel drive vehicles is the rearward cross, where the rear tyres come to the front and the front tyres are sent to the back and to the opposite side. Another pattern is called the X-pattern where tyres are swapped front to back and then opposite sides of their original location. These are the most common patterns.