Rotate Your Tires

our car has many parts requiring regular maintenance to help ensure the long life of your car, as well as your own safety on the road. Tires are literally where the rubber meets the road; they're essential to your car's ability to move—and stop—efficiently.

A mechanic is in the process or rotating a tire on a vehicle.

What Needs To Be Done:

Tires need to be checked and rotated regularly as part of regular vehicle maintenance

Why Do It?

Tires are made from rubber. Although it is a tough material, rubber wears out over time. Therefore, it is critical to check your tires for wear.

Tires will wear differently depending of their location on your car. For example, your front tires work with the steering wheel to turn your car. The turning will result in sections of your tires wearing out at different rates. By rotating your tires, from front to rear or left to right, the wear pattern evens out, helping to extend the life of your tires.

How Often?

Safecar.gov advises that tires should be rotated every 5,000 miles, although that may vary. Every tire manufacturer has a different recommended schedule for tire rotation, so be sure to check your owner's manual. It's important to follow the manufacturer's suggestions whether or not you notice any wear on your tires.

In addition, frequency of tire rotation can depend on your driving habits. You may need to rotate your tires more frequently if you drive more often.


How To Do It:

The correct way to rotate your tires depends on the type of vehicle. Here's a basic guide, with an explanation below:

Your Vehicle Type Tire Type Rotational Pattern
Rear & Four-Wheel Drive Directional Rearward Cross or X
Front-Wheel Drive Non-Directional Forward Cross or X
Same-Size Wheels Directional Front to Rear
Different-Size Wheel Non-Directional Side to Side

  • Directional Tires: Tires designed to rotate in one direction.
  • Non-Directional Tires: Tires designed to rotate in either direction
  • Rearward Cross Pattern: Tires are rotated from rear to front, then from left front to right rear and right front to left rear.
  • X Pattern: Tires are rotated from left front to right rear and right front to left rear.
  • Forward Cross Pattern: Tires are rotated front to rear, then left rear to right front and right rear to left front.
  • Front to Rear Pattern: Tires are rotated front to rear on right side and front to rear on the left side.
  • Side to Side Pattern: Tires are rotated from front right to front left and rear right to rear left.

While you can rotate your own tires if you have the proper tools and jack, it's always a good idea for people to use a professional to do the job. Not only is it safer, but rotating tires is dirty and tires are very heavy. When you take your car in for an oil change, you can ask for the dealership or fast-lube shop to rotate your tires, as well. It's also smart to check your car's alignment while rotating the tires.

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