How Tire Rotation Can Extend the Life of Your Tires
Why should I rotate my tires?
Tire rotation should be part of your regular tire maintenance routine to achieve uniform wear and to maximize tread life. Rotating your tires helps equalize front-to-rear and side-to-side wear rates while enhancing wear quality and pattern noise ultimately saving you money and headaches in the long run.
1 – Should I rotate all four tires?
The tires on each wheel position accomplish different tasks and thus different wear rates and different types of tire wear will be experienced. For example, a front-wheel drive car will wear tires differently than a rear-wheel drive car. And tire wear on a performance vehicle will usually be more severe than tires on a four-door sedan.
It’s certainly an advantage when all four tires wear together as a result of regular tire maintenance and tire rotation. As wear reduces a tire’s tread depth, it allows the four tires 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 tire. By wearing all four tires together, you can replace all four tires together allowing you to maintain the original handling balance.
It’s important to note that tire rotation cannot correct wear problems due to worn parts or incorrect tire inflation pressures. This means that mechanical repairs would be needed.
2 – Don’t forget the spare!
Full-size spare tires (not temporary spares), of the same size and construction as the ground contact tires, should be included in the tire rotation. And you should always check and adjust the inflation pressure of the full-size spare when incorporating it into rotation.
3 – 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 tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles (10,000-12,000 kilometers) or sooner if uneven tread wear begins to appear. If tires 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 tire inflation pressures according to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation for the new wheel position (specified front and rear position tire pressures may be different).
Please note: Do not reverse the rolling direction of directional tires.
4 – Why is my TPMS now on?
Rotation of your tires may affect the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Consult your vehicle owner’s manual or a qualified service professional to make the proper adjustments or recalibration of the system. Normally, for some cars just a quick drive down the road will recalibrate the sensors and get them communicating the correct signals, other such as Nissan might require some technical solutions only a Certified Tire Center can perform.
5– How about rotating my winter/snow tires?
Just like your summer or all-season tires, winter tires should also be rotated to achieve the best possible performance and longest life. Tire rotation will help maintain tire wear on all four tires regardless of the different driving demands experienced on a vehicle’s steering and non-steering positions. Tire rotation will help keep tread depths equivalent helping to balance traction levels and handling characteristics, extending the life of the tire.
Note: STUDDED TIRES – RULE OF THUMB
Please note, the rolling direction of studded tires should not be changed. Tires should be rotated from front to rear on the same side of the vehicle. If uneven wear is detected, tires can be remounted inside-out on the wheels to allow them to be used on the other side of the vehicle. Your local GarageMatch Dealer can assist with this.