Tyres are already rotating when your vehicle is running then why do you need to rotate them when your car is still? Well, let me clarify first that this rotation doesn’t mean spinning. Tyre rotation here signifies interchange of all four tyres’ positions at regular intervals. Most tyre manufacturers recommend rotating the tyres once every 8,000-9,700km. No doubt, rotating tyres is among the easiest maintenance jobs, but it is essential. You can even do it yourself at home. However, before you take up this task, there are a few essentials steps that you must be aware of.
Typically, we follow the conventional method, that is, taking front tyres to the rear and rear ones to the front, but it’s not that simple as every vehicle has its own properties and drive pattern. There is a proper way of doing rotation according to the vehicle make. Few pre-determined methods are listed below:
1. Front-Wheel-Drive Vehicles: The front tyres would go back on the same side while the rear tyres will be switched diagonally with the front tyres.
2. Rear Wheel Drive Vehicles: For rotation of this type, the rear tyres would come in front, and front tyres will be fixed diagonally in place of the rear ones.
3. Four Wheel Drive Vehicles: The front right tyre will be swapped with the rear left and the front left will be swapped with the rear right.
The unidirectional tyres need to maintain the same direction; that’s the reason they cannot cross over to another side. Hence, the rotation can be done front to back only, and to maintain the tyres’ rotational direction; it should be done on the same side of the vehicle. Side to side movement can be done in many unidirectional tyres in case they are remounted, which is not possible if the tyres are asymmetrical.
Rotation With A Spare Tyre
The rotation pattern gets a little complex when the spare tyre comes into picture. The spare tyres take the position of the rear right, and the front left is kept as spare. The front left position gets fitted with the rear left tyre, and the front right takes the rear left position.
It’s Not a Rule of Thumb
No matter your vehicle is a front or rear-wheel drive. Ideally, even while rotation, the rear wheels should be covered with the best tyres for gaining the greatest traction. Doing this keeps you from oversteer situation which occurs when the rear wheels lose their grip before the front ones. However, It is also true that the best quality front tyres in front-wheel drive vehicles protect them from a blowout.
Understand, Why The Need For Tyre Rotation Arises?
Every set of tyres has a different duty to perform. Faster wear of front tyres than the rear set is quite obvious. Steering forces, braking forces, vehicle weight, inadequate pressure, speed, and road conditions are the major culprits behind their high and uneven wear. In addition to this, unbalanced or misaligned tyres also call uneven wear on the whole group of tyres. Changing the tyre positions appropriately at regular intervals gives each tyre a chance to shine equally. And this way, the longevity of each tyre increases and your vehicle gives you a safe and smooth ride for a long time.
Don’t miss your tyre rotation. Doing this few minutes of exercise will not only keep your tyres fit and roadworthy for a longer duration but also gives your car excellent handling. For any sort of tyre repair Rotherham motorists prefer to visit ETS Auto Centre as our tyre specialists strive to delight every customer with their outstanding services and proper guidance on all tyre essentials.