What Does Rotating Tires Do?
Tires are often considered one of the most important safety features on your vehicle, especially when you consider they are the only parts of the car touching the ground. The purpose of regularly rotating tires is to help prolong tread life and promote more uniform tread wear for all tires on a vehicle.
Balancing the wear on all four tires is important because it helps equalize traction from the front to the rear of the vehicle – helping to ensure the vehicle does its best to respond to driving situations as you’d expect it to. If one end of the vehicle has more worn tires than the other, a sudden slippery situation could lead to a loss of control.
Further, keeping the wear even between all four wheels allows tires to be replaced in a complete set of four, rather than a pair of tires at a time. Doing this helps make sure the handling from the front of the car matches that of the rear. Also, tire technology will evolve over time. Being able to replace all four tires at once allows a car owner to benefit from advancements in tire technology.
Some cars, especially front-wheel-drive vehicles, will often have accelerated wear on the front tires when compared to the rear tires due to the extra weight on the front axle, combined with the extra forces involved in acceleration, braking and steering. Rotating tires on these vehicles is especially important to help maximize the life of the tire.
Rotating the tires also gives you a great chance to inspect each tire for damage, and to make sure each tire is inflated to the proper pressure.
How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?
Before rotating tires, always consult the vehicle and/or tire manufacturer for specific recommendations regarding rotation. If no recommendations are found, Goodyear recommends rotating your tires every 3,000 – 6,000 miles to eliminate premature tire wear – potentially saving you the cost of new tires. If you’re overdue on rotating your tires, learn more about a tire rotation service.
After rotating your tires, be sure to reset your tire inflation pressures to match the vehicle tire placard. Some vehicles require different inflation pressures front to rear, so this is a very important step.
Is a Tire Rotation Necessary?
Yes, in nearly all cases every car requires tire rotations. The only exception applies to cars (most commonly found on high-performance vehicles) with staggered tire sizes front to back, using directional tires which can’t be moved from one side to the other.
While Goodyear and the manufacturer of your car would always recommend that you always replace all four tires at the same time, there are times when it’s not completely practical to do so. When only replacing two tires, it’s recommended to put the two new tires on the rear of the car. This ensures the rear has more traction than the front, meaning the rear wheels are less likely to swing wide in a slippery situation. The likelihood of this situation can be lessened with proper tire rotations completed on a regular schedule.
As you’ll certainly see when browsing our site, there are many different types of tires – from all-season tires, to performance tires, to winter tires. These different tires have different performance characteristics, meaning one should never mix different types of tires on the same axle.
Always ensure when selecting tires that you choose the appropriate size for the car. Never mix two different sized tires on the same axle.