You’re probably reading this article from Philkotse.com because you wanted to know if you need to rotate your tires. In fact, it is something that’s vital in maintaining your car’s drivability.
But don’t worry, we’ll make it easy for you to understand and perform. If you don’t have access to a tire shop with a hydraulic lifter, the next best thing would be a DIY tire rotation using two jacks and a tire wrench.
Rotating your tires periodically helps maintain the car’s drivability
Tire rotation evens out the wear among all four of your tires (five if you count the spare). The tires on your car wear out differently due to certain factors such as weight, air pressure, drivetrain configuration, and driving conditions.
For instance, the front tires will typically bear more weight than the rear. The front tires on an FWD car also tend to wear out faster, since they do double duty in propelling and maneuvering the vehicle. Rotating the tires makes sure that they wear out more or less at an even rate.
Evenly-worn tires help to make them last longer. Of course, name-brand tires are assumed to last longer due to the quality of the materials used, but tire rotation will help in significantly extending the life of your tires.
Tire rotation doesn't only guarantee your driving comfort, but your safety as a whole
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Rotating your tires keeps them at maximum performance. As long as your tires have sufficient tread, you can easily apply the brakes and negotiate corners safely.
Fewer frequent tire changes as a result of regular tire rotation mean you save more than if you spend money replacing tires that have been prematurely worn out.
There are a number of consequences if your car’s tires are not rotated. Some of them are:
A flat tire is the least of your worries if you don’t rotate your tires
Good tires mean fewer problems with maneuvering on the road
Rotating tires is pretty straightforward; you take out one tire and mount it on the opposite side of your vehicle. But there are specific patterns that should be followed, depending on your vehicle.
Different patterns you can follow in rotating your car tires
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These are cars that typically have better acceleration than front-wheel drive vehicles, most of them being racing cars or sports cars
Unrotated tires can result in some mechanical issues and may tend to wear poorly
These are the cars that are propelled by the front wheels, with the weight of the engine in front helping in improved traction
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These are tires designed to handle extreme weather conditions due to increased grip on wet surfaces, at the expense of some road noise
You can effectively preserve balance and maneuverability by rotating your car tires
For dry and wet conditions, your best bet would be with these asymmetrical wheels, which are good for high-speed stability
For trucks that have made use of four wheels at the back, two on each side
For irregular wear on the rear tires:
For irregular wear on the front tires:
Always bring a spare tire for emergencies
The spare tire has a different wear pattern than the other four, applicable if the spare tire is of the same type or brand as your other four tires
The better tires, or the ones that have the least amount of wear, should be mounted at the rear of the vehicle to prevent over-steering, or the rear wheels losing grip faster than the front wheels, causing the rear of the vehicle to sway in the direction opposite of where the front is headed.
Another reason is to improve traction at the rear during hydroplaning; newer tires that have more of their tread intact can disperse water more easily. If the tires at the rear are worn out, they will be literally lifted by the water off the road, reducing the vehicle’s stability.
As always, check or refer to your owner’s manual for specifications and guidelines. You can also have your trusted mechanic perform a tire rotation for you, which will only take half an hour of your time. If you value safety, cost-efficiency and preserving the life of your tires, then tire rotations are a must in your car’s maintenance routine.
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