Is it time for a tyre rotation?
Is your vehicle due for a tyre rotation?
What’s involved in a tyre rotation?
A tyre rotation can even out the wear patterns between your front and rear tyres. The tyres on your vehicle carry a different amount of weight depending on their position. This is particularly true of your rear tyres in instances where you are carrying heavier loads that may cause your rear tyres to wear at different rates.
A tyre rotation involves moving the position of each of the tyres on your vehicle in a systematic way and is important for tyre maintenance and safety. It enables the tyres on your vehicle to operate in a number of different wheel positions, which can improve performance, prolong tyre life and preserve balanced handling and traction.
The pattern in which the tyres on your vehicle are rotated depends on several factors, such as the type of tyre that you’re using, as well as whether your:
- Vehicle is front, rear, all or four-wheel drive
- Tyres are directional or non-directional
- Tyres are asymmetrical
- Spare tyre is a full size spare that can be included in your rotation pattern
- Front and rear tyres are the same size
When should I book a tyre rotation?
Typically, vehicle manufacturers recommend that you have a tyre rotation every 10,000km. Always refer to your owner’s manual for information specific to your vehicle. There may be instances where you need to have a tyre rotation outside of the recommended intervals, if you notice one or more of the following warning signs:
- Uneven tyre wear
- A vibration in the steering wheel or seat, particularly when travelling at higher speeds.
It is especially important to adhere to the recommended tyre rotation intervals when your vehicle has been fitted with new tyres. The deep, fresh tread of a new tyre is more susceptible to uneven wear making regular tyre rotations essential should you wish to maximise the life of your tyres.
What are the benefits of a tyre rotation?
As already touched upon, there are many benefits to adhering to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tyre rotation schedule, which include:
- Can assist in promoting even tyre wear
- Can ensure that all four tyres are performing equally
- Helps to evenly spread wear across all 4 tyres, maximising the life of your tyres
- Helps to avoid the need for replacing only 2 tyres - it is preferable to replace all 4 tyres at the same time for safety and performance
At the time of performing a tyre rotation, a technician can also visually assess the condition of your tyres. This includes looking for signs of damage, checking tyre pressures and assessing tread depth. It should be noted that a tyre rotation will not correct wear problems that are the result of worn mechanical parts or incorrect inflation pressures.
Looking for a tyre rotation service near you?
Find your local BestDrive and get in contact to arrange your next tyre rotation. We offer a range of services from logbook servicing to tyre rotations. Our qualified technicians will advise you of any additional work that may be required, such as a wheel alignment and tyre balancing.
Did you know that BestDrive accepts Openpay? This means that if your vehicle is due for a tyre rotation, there is no need to delay it. Ensure that you stick to the recommended servicing intervals as outlined in your owner’s manual, including tyre rotations, using Openpay to make simple repayments over a chosen period of time.
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