Tire Rrotation - Rotating Your Tires!
Tire rotation or rotating tires is the practice of moving
car tires and
truck tires from one location to another to ensure even tire wear. Even tire wear is desirable to maintain consistent performance in the vehicle. Tire rotation is an important part of your vehicles maintenance.
Rotating your high performance tires every 3,000 to 5,000 miles can even out tire wear and preserve balance. Plus improve handling, traction and performance of your car or truck.
Sample Rotation Patterns
Manufacturers usually recommend
tire rotation frequency and pattern. The rotation pattern is typically moving the back wheels to the front and the front to the back but crossing them when moving to the back. If the tires are unidirectional, the rotation can only be rotated front to back on the same side of the vehicle to preserve the rotational direction of the tires. Most unidirectional tires can be moved from side to side if they are remounted. Tires with asymetric rims are a rare exception. More complex rotation patterns are required if the vehicle has a full-size spare tire that is part of the rotation.
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Tire wear reduces the tread depth of a tire. When all four tires wear evenly, the wear helps maintain handling, increasing the cornering traction and allows the tires to quickly respond to the driver. Tire rotation cannot correct mechanical problems or problems caused by incorrect tire inflation. In additional, mechanical problems you should check your wheel alignment. The wheels need to be aligned with each other and the vehicle. The wheel that is out of alignment will tend to be dragged along by the other wheels, causing uneven wear in that tire.
While no one likes their tires to wear out, it is actually an advantage when all of the tires on a vehicle wear at the same rate. As tire wear reduces tread depth, it allows the tires to respond more quickly. Since tire rotation will help all of the vehicle's tires wear at the same rate, it will keep the tires performing equally on all four corners.
When your tires wear out together you can get a set of 4 new tires, without being forced to buy one or a pairs. If you replace tires in sets of 4 you will maintain the original handling of your car or truck.
While every vehicle is equipped with four tires, usually the tires on the front wear differently than the rear tires. Turning the vehicle will cause uneven tire wear. The outside, front is worn disproportionately. Manufactures are constantly introducing new tires, each of which improves upon their past product's performance. If you replace your tires in sets of four, it allows you to experience today's technology.
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