Reasons for Tire Rotation



Reasons for Tire Rotation

 

Tires are an essential element of every vehicle. Unfortunately, they also wear faster than any other component. Though it may look from the outside like all four tires are supporting the vehicle equally, tire wear and tear can vary drastically between each tire. To overcome this uneven tire wear, you need to rotate your tires periodically. Below we have tried to explain what tire rotation is about and why it is something you should be doing somewhat frequently.


The Importance of Tire Rotation

 

Tire rotation is done to achieve even wear across all of your tires and to maximize tread life. If you don’t rotate your tires periodically, uneven wear of tire may render them unusable. This would result in an early replacement which is a waste of money. Severely uneven wear can also affect steering performance and make driving much more difficult and dangerous.


Reasons Behind Uneven Tire Wear

 

There are several reasons why your tires would break down at different paces. The first reason is natural wear and tear. The pressure on all tires is not equal. In front-wheel-drive, the pressure of torque is on the front tires. Also, front tires have to bear additional pressure while turning which causes the sides of the front tires to wear faster.


If the wheels are not aligned properly, it can lead to uneven tire degradation. You can solve this problem through a wheel alignment.


Understanding Tire Rotation

 

Tire rotation is the necessary practice of moving tires from one position on the car to another. Periodic tire rotation of tires gives you the opportunity to inspect each tire for damage. Rotations are completed in a few different patterns, here are some examples:

  • Rearward Cross

  • X-Cross

  • Forward Cross

  • Front-to-Rear

  • Side-to-Side


Pattern Breakdown

 

  • Front to Rear: A front to rear tire rotation pattern is accomplished by moving both of the front tires to the back and vice versa without changing sides.

  • Side to Side: In side to side tire rotation pattern, the front right tire is moved to the front left axle and vice versa. Also, the rear right tire is moved to the rear left axle and vice versa.


The front to rear and side to side rotation patterns are used in high-performance and directional tires. Here are three main tire rotation patterns for non-directional tires.


  • Rearward Cross: As the name suggests, the rear tires are moved diagonally. In simple words, the rear left tire is moved to the front right axle and the rear right tire is moved to the front left axle. The front tires are moved to the rear axles in the same line (without changing sides)

  • Forward Cross: In the Forward cross pattern, the front tires are moved diagonally. For example, the front right tire is moved to the rear left axle. The front left tire is moved to the rear right axle. The rear tires are moved in the same line and fitted on the front axle.

  • X-Cross: Both front and rear tires are moved diagonally. The front right tire is moved to the rear left and vice versa. The front left tire is moved to the rear right axle and vice versa.


Rotating your tires periodically is a necessary part of responsible car ownership. Being diligent in this pursuit results in even wear and longer tire life. Not to mention it makes your ride smoother and your car safer. Do the right thing and take your tires in for a rotation at the manufacturer recommended intervals.


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