Replacing the tires on any automobile is one of the most expensive services required to ensure your vehicle runs smoothly and efficiently. While many owners elect to wait until their four tires will not pass inspection in order to replace them, there are many steps one can take to ensure their tires last appropriate amounts. One of the most critical for regular car service and proper tread wear involves routine tire rotations. Regular tire rotation helps to extend the life of your tires. Most companies recommend tire rotations occur between 6,000 and 8,000 miles making the intervals similar to that of routine oil changes. For these reasons, rotation of the tires during oil changes and other regular services typically are performed simultaneously.
While rotation of the tires ultimately leads to increased performance, improved tread wear, and optimum driveability the patterns are diverse depending on the vehicle type.
Automobiles operating with a front-wheel drive system follow a different rotational pattern than other types. For front-wheel drive options the front two tires should be removed and placed on the back of the same side. For example, the driver’s side front left tire becomes the driver’s side rear left tire during a rotation and vice-versa. However, the back two tires cross the vehicle. The original driver’s side rear tire is moved to the passenger side front.
Following this recommended rotational pattern a vehicle will undergo three changes before returning to its’ original location. By moving the tire around the vehicle, proper tread wear and performance will be utilized.
The rear-wheel drive pattern is exactly opposite that of the front-wheel drive system. During the initial rotation a driver’s side front tire moves across the vehicle becoming the passenger side rear tire. Both back tires are then simply moved up to the front on their corresponding sides.
Again, four rotations occur when a tire returns to the original starting position.
For four-wheel drive vehicles tires will always cross the automobile during a rotation. The front driver’s side tire becomes the passenger rear tire and vice-versa. All tires move across and up or back depending on their initial placement.
During four-wheel drive rotations each tire returns to its’ original location during every other rotation. Due to the drivetrain difference a special pattern for four-wheel drive vehicles is a necessity.
Each of these various rotation patterns will help to maintain optimum vehicle performance while assisting in both the alignment and balance of the auto. Further, often tire manufacturers have set guidelines in place to ensure their warranties remain intact, many of which involve regular rotations.
The experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center can assist you with a tire rotation for your vehicle during a routine inspection or by special appointment. Both you and your automobile will receive first-class care as all service will be completed by one of the many ASE certified technicians on hand to assist you. Don’t wait until it’s too late as most services can be administered the same day so request an appointment online or call for quality car care.