Why Does My Vehicle Need a Tyre Rotation?
What Does a Tyre Rotation Involve?
A tyre rotation is the moving, or rotating, of the tyres on your vehicle from one fitment position to another in a systematic way. This service helps to equalise front-to-rear and side-to-side wear rates and wear patterns to promote tyre longevity and minimise tyre noise. A tyre rotation also has performance advantages, including improved cornering and braking ability.
Even tyre wear is promoted through a tyre rotation by enabling all 4 tyres to operate in a number of wheel positions. If you have adhered to the recommended tyre rotation schedule, as specified by the vehicle manufacturer, but your tyres are showing signs of uneven tyre wear, there may be other issues.
Other possible causes for uneven tyre wear include worn mechanical parts, misaligned wheels, or driving on tyres that are incorrectly inflated. At your local BestDrive store, one of our knowledgeable technicians can explore these other possible causes and advise you of the correct course of action to resolve the issue.
How Often Do You Need a Tyre Rotation?
Typically, you should book your car in for a tyre rotation every 10,000kms. You can find the recommended tyre rotation schedule for your vehicle in the owner’s manual. If your vehicle is due for a tyre rotation, but you can’t see any signs of uneven tyre wear, you should still book it in. Preventative maintenance ensures that your vehicle is running at its optimal best and can assist in the prevention of more costly repairs later on.
Ensuring that you adhere to the recommended tyre schedule is especially important when you have had new tyres fitted. New tyres have a deep, fresh tread which is more susceptible to uneven tyre wear. Regular tyre rotations will work towards ensuring that you achieve good tyre longevity, making the most of your purchase.
Are There Warning Signs Your Car Needs a Tyre Rotation?
Outside of the recommended tyre rotation service schedule, or if you can’t remember when your car last had one, there are some symptoms to be aware of that can indicate your vehicle needs a tyre rotation.
- Symptom 1: You notice uneven tyre wear.
Uneven tyre wear can be the result of several causes. These include driving on under or over inflated tyres, a bad wheel alignment or your vehicle is overdue for a tyre rotation.
If you maintain recommended tyre pressures, and you notice uneven wear as part of a quick visual inspection of your tyres, it is a good idea to contact the professionals at your nearest BestDrive store who can assess the issue and advise you of the necessary service or repairs needed.
- Symptom 2: There’s a vibration in the steering wheel or seat.
Uneven tyre wear can result in a vibration that is felt in the steering wheel and/or the seat. This becomes most noticeable when traveling at higher speeds.
There are other issues that can cause these vibrations, including that your vehicle needs a wheel alignment or a wheel balance.
Looking for a Tyre Rotation Nearby?
BestDrive has over 30 stores across Australia. We are your store for quality workmanship on a range of services, including tyre rotations. To keep your vehicle in good operating condition and to promote good tyre life, contact your local BestDrive store to arrange your next tyre rotation service.
Regular tyre rotations with BestDrive not only aim to preserve tyre life, they can also enhance the balance, handling and traction of your vehicle.
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