Why Tires Need Rotating
Regular tire rotation is vital for maintaining even tread wear and preventing premature tire failure.
As your vehicle moves down the road, the weight of the vehicle transfers to different areas of the tires.
This causes certain areas of the tires to become more worn than others.
Over time, this uneven tread wear can lead to premature tire failure.
Tire rotation helps to prevent this by moving the position of the tires on the vehicle.
This evens out the tread wear and helps extend your tires’ life.
Most manufacturers recommend that you rotate your car’s tires every 5,000 miles or so.
However, it’s a good idea to check your owner’s manual to see what is recommended for your vehicle.
If you don’t rotate your car’s tires, you may notice some irregularities in your ride.
You may feel vibration or shimmy in the steering wheel or seat.
The ride of your vehicle may become rougher as well.
How a Tire Works
Tires grip the road by creating friction.
The weight of your vehicle presses down on the tire, and this pressure creates friction between the tire and the road.
The place where your tire meets the road is called a contact patch.
The friction at the contact patch allows your vehicle to move forward.
If you looked at a contact patch of a tire under a microscope, you would see bits of the tire being left on the road as the tire rolls over it.
As your car’s tires roll, they also flex and twist.
The heat created by these actions can damage your tire over time.
This is all because of the friction between the rubber and the ground.
Tire rotation helps prevent this type of damage by moving the position of the tires on the vehicle.
This movement allows each tire to experience a broader range of forces, allowing each tire to wear more evenly.
If you are the type that likes to push your car hard on track days and uses on-ramps as a way to test your grip(which we do not recommend or condone), you will have to rotate your tires more often.
Of course, with this driving style, nearly all maintenance will have to be done more frequently.
Hard driving exerts a greater force on all the components of your car and will cause your tires to wear out faster.
How Often to Rotate Tires
Manufacturers recommend that you rotate your tires every 5,000 miles or so.
In reality, how often you need to rotate your tires depends on the kind of tire you use and how you use it.
Summer tires, for example, generally need to be rotated more frequently than all-season or winter tires.
This is because summer tires tend to have a shorter tread life than other tires.
All-season tires are usually more rigid and durable, so they can last longer before they need rotating.
The same is true of winter tires.
If you frequently drive on rough or unpaved roads, you may also need to rotate your tires more often than someone who only drives on well-maintained highways.
This is because of the extra wear and tear from driving on these roads.
If you use your vehicle for off-road driving or racing, you’ll also need to rotate your tires more frequently.
The best way to know how often to rotate your tires is to consult your owner’s manual or ask a professional mechanic.
They will be able to tell you how often you should rotate your specific type of tire based on your driving habits.
How to Rotate Tires
Most tire rotation patterns involve moving the front tires to the rear and the rear tires to the front.
However, there are different tire rotation patterns that you can use.
The most common tire rotation patterns are the “forward cross” and the “x-pattern.”
To do a forward cross tire rotation, you would move the front left tire to the rear right position, and the front right tire to the rear left position.
Then, you would move the rear left tire to the front right position and the rear right tire to the front left position.
The x-pattern is a little more complicated.
To do an x-pattern tire rotation, you would move the front left tire to the rear right position, the front right tire to the rear left position, and the rear left tire to the front right position.
Then, you would move the rear right tire to the front left position.
Whichever pattern you use, it’s essential to ensure you don’t mix up the tires on the same side of the vehicle.
There are a few different ways that you can rotate your tires.
How Do You Know if You Need a Tire Rotation
There are a few signs that you may need to have your tires rotated.
If you notice uneven tread wear, it’s a good indication that you need to rotate your tires.
Uneven tread wear can cause premature tire failure, so it’s essential to address it as soon as possible.
If you start to feel a vibration or shake in the steering wheel or seat, it’s another sign that you may need to rotate your tires.
The ride of your vehicle may also become rougher if you don’t rotate your tires.
The Benefits of Rotating Tires
There are several benefits to regularly rotating your car’s tires.
As we mentioned before, rotating your tires can help extend the life of your tires.
This is because rotating your tires wears their treads more evenly, which helps prevent premature tire failure.
Rotating your tires can also improve the handling of your vehicle.
If you don’t rotate your tires, the front tires will eventually show more wear than the rear tires.
This can cause your vehicle to pull to one side or the other while driving.
Rotating your tires can also help improve your gas mileage.
If your tires are properly inflated and have good tread, they will roll more effortlessly down the road.
This means that your engine won’t have to work as hard, which will help you save money on gas.