Tyre rotation is the process of changing the position of the tyres on your vehicle.
Periodically switching where they are means they’ll wear evenly and be less likely to require changing one at a time. Also, by allowing yourself the opportunity to thoroughly check the tyres, you’re far less likely to accidentally use them when the tread depth wears below the legal minimum of 1.6mm.
Tyre rotation is recommended by manufacturers, and the details for when you should do this will be outlined in the vehicle’s handbook.
Yes, tyre rotation is important, because tyres have a different job to do at the front and rear of the vehicle.
Tyres will wear slightly faster on the front when used on vehicles that are front-wheel drive, and likewise for the rear tyres of vehicles with rear-wheel drive. This is due to the extra traction when accelerating and braking.
Similarly, as front tyres are used to steer, they can experience more wear on the shoulders and sidewalls than rear tyres. Switching them will allow this wear to occur evenly across all four tyres.
All-wheel-drive vehicles require tyre rotation as this will lower the pressure placed on the drivetrain. This will also help to reduce wear and the need for more frequent replacements.
As mentioned, your vehicle’s handbook will advise when you should rotate your tyres. However, as a general rule, it’s recommended that you do so once every six months, or 6,000 miles - whichever comes first.
You should consider rotating your tyres sooner than this if you notice uneven wear, if you regularly travel long distances or at high speeds, or if you frequently carry heavy loads.
Also, if you notice a humming sound while driving on smooth surfaces, you should inspect the tyres for signs of wear or damage. If there’s no obvious cause for the humming, you should consider rotating them, as the sound may be due to wear, which rotating will help to even out.
When the time comes to rotate your tyres, several things need to be considered: the type of tyre, whether the vehicle is front or rear-wheel drive, whether it’s four-wheel drive, the tyre size, or whether the tyres are directional/non-directional.
Tyres that are designed to be used on either side of the vehicle, front or rear, can be rotated by swapping the front tyres to the rear rf the rear to the front on the same side of the vehicle, providing you have the same sized tyres on both the front and the rear of the vehicle.
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