Tyre rotation should be part of your regular tyre maintenance routine to achieve uniform wear and to maximize tread life. Rotating your tyres helps equalize front-to-rear and side-to-side wear rates while enhancing wear quality and pattern noise ultimately saving you money and headaches down the road.
Should I rotate all four tyres?
The tyres on each wheel position accomplish different tasks and thus different wear rates and different types of tyre wear will be experienced. For example, a front-wheel drive car will wear tyres differently than a rear-wheel drive car. And tyre wear on a performance vehicle will usually be more severe than tyres on a four-door sedan.
It’s certainly an advantage when all four tyres wear together as a result of regular tyre maintenance and tyre rotation. As wear reduces a tyre’s tread depth, it allows the four tyres to respond to a driver’s input more quickly. In turn, this maintains the handling of the vehicle and helps increase the cornering action of the tyre. By wearing all four tyres together, you can replace all four tyres together allowing you to maintain the original handling balance.
It’s important to note that tyre rotation cannot correct wear problems due to worn parts or incorrect tyre inflation pressures.
Don’t forget the spare!
Full-size spare tyres (not temporary spares), of the same size and construction as the ground contact tyres, should be included in the tyre rotation. And you should always check and adjust the inflation pressure of the full-size spare when incorporating it into rotation.
What pattern do I follow?
Follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation for the rotation pattern and interval. Unless otherwise specified by the vehicle manufacturer, rotate your tyres every 10,000-12,000 kilometers or sooner if uneven tread wear begins to appear. If tyres start to show uneven tread wear, ask your service person to check and/or correct any vehicle wheel misalignment or other mechanical problem that may be causing the uneven wear.
Remember to adjust the tyre inflation pressures according to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation for the new wheel position (specified front and rear position tyre pressures may be different).
Please note: Do not reverse the rolling direction of directional tyres.
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