Want to Save Money – Rotate Your Tires!

If your vehicle needs a set of tires, it’s going to be pricey – especially if you want a set of premium tires.  Funny thing is, there is a method to make tires last as long as possible and not a lot of drivers perform it.  It’s called tire rotation.  Keep reading to learn about it!

Why Tire Rotation is Necessary

Tires wear differently. In particular, front and rear tires wear differently. Usually, the front tires on a vehicle carry more than 65 percent of the weight and do most of the work.  That means that front tires will almost always wear down faster than rear ones do.  Another thing to know, United States drivers tend to take left turns faster than right turns and that wears down right tires more than left (weight shifts to the opposite side when you turn). Rotating your tires saves money because you get the maximum mileage that a whole set of tires can deliver.

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The Definition of Tire Rotation

Tire rotation refers to the practice of moving your vehicle’s tires from one axle to another. This saves you money by allowing a tire set to wear more evenly.  Experts say that if you rotate the tires on your vehicle routinely, you may extend their life another 20-30%. This may a substantial amount of money that you save.

How Often To Rotate Tires

Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended rotation schedule. Many car manufacturers say that tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Quite a few people rotate their tires each time they change their oil so 5000 miles is a good interval to strive for.

Tires are Directional

You might not know that some tires are made to rotate just in one direction and some can rotate either direction. A tire is directional because they have a “one-way” tread pattern that is optimized for the direction the tires rotate.  Directional tires are thus optimized for either the left of right sides.

The Process of Rotating Directional Tires

First, directional tires have small triangles or arrows on the sidewall that indicate the direction they turn. Sometimes the triangles or arrows are hard to find but mechanics and tire shops all know how to locate them. To rotate directional tires on a vehicle, just switch the front right tire for the rear right tire, and the front left tire for the rear left tire.

Rotating Non-directional Tires

Non-directional tires are made so that the tire can be mounted on the rim for any direction of rotation. So you can switch the side of the vehicle the tires are on when you rotate them (in other words, from the left side to right side) and , of course, front to rear.

Now that you’re done reading this article, this article, you will hopefully join the group that rotates the tires on a regular basis.Trust us, our wallet will thank you. Thank you very much to this MINI Dealer in Schaumburg, IL, for their help with this article!

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Randall Evans

Randall Evans has worked in the automotive industry as a mechanic, and a service representative. He has been an active member in a number of car clubs and classic events.

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