It’s important to stay safe on the road, and ensuring your vehicle is in top notch condition is a necessary step in that goal. Tires need to be monitored for wear and tear and the tire air pressure levels should be checked regularly. Be sure to invest in some top quality tires to avoid falling victim to the bad weather conditions since overly worn or underinflated tires are hazardous to drive on. A critical part of vehicle maintenance is tire rotation, which is when the four tires on your vehicle is swapped and/or rotated. It contributes to improving the lifespan of your tires, decreasing unnecessary vibrations, helping you get better gas mileage, and generally give you a smoother, more comfortable ride. Today, we at Top Notch Auto Body & Mechanic would like to discuss the importance of tire rotation.
Is Tire Rotation Necessary?
The same role is not performed by all the tires. While the rear tires just follow the front, the front tires do most of the steering on most vehicles. Depending on their position, uneven strain on the tires can occur with the differences in braking and weight distribution on your vehicle. Vehicles with a front engine will place greater strain on the front tires since this is the heaviest part of the car. To tires in different positions feeling the strain more quickly than others by causing tires to drag can be contributed by poor wheel alignment and unbalanced tires. The weight distribution on the vehicle is affected by a worn-out suspension, which when braking will increase the wear. All of these factors will cause uneven wear. Due to doing most of the turning, front tires will wear more quickly on the edges. Replacing tires early comes from uneven wear. To dramatically increases the lifespan of your tires, remove these irregular wearing patterns shares the load between all four tires.
How Often to Rotate Tires?
Knowing when to switch tire positions can be difficult. You’ll start to notice if your front tires are looking a bit more worn on the edges if you regularly inspect your tires and keep their air pressure topped up. Vibrations felt in the steering wheel and other parts of the car in addition to increased road noise when driving with uneven tire wear. A rule of thumb would be around every 5,000 miles or at least twice per year, though your tire manufacturer and car manual will give you a specific recommendation for your model.
It probably doesn’t matter too much if your tires are all the same regarding how often you rotate your tires. You can swap the front and rear tires, swap the sides, or even swap diagonally. You can keep track of where to put them next time, just make sure you make a note of which tires have been where. Rotation is slightly more complex if you have asymmetrical or unidirectional tires. They need to stay on the same side of the vehicle when rotating since unidirectional tires are designed to only turn in one direction. To indicate the correct orientation, unidirectional tires are easily identified, as most makes are marked with arrows in the sidewall.