Regular rotation helps extend the life of your tyres and improve performance. When performed at the recommended times, it can preserve balanced handling and traction of the tyres and prolong the life of your tyres. Coupled with the safety and money saving benefits, rotation can even provide performance advantages.
When To Rotate
Your owner’s manual will tell you how often to rotate tyres but as a rule of thumb, it should be done every 10,000 km.
Why Rotate Your Tyres?
Tyre rotation simply means moving tyres around so that they “trade places” on your vehicle to achieve more uniform wear for all your tyres. Rotation is important because each tyre on a vehicle carries a different amount of weight, especially your rear tyres if you are carrying loads. By rotating them, you basically help even out the differences.
You might want to rotate them sooner if you see signs of uneven wear. Misalignment and other mechanical problems can also cause such wear, so contact Woonona Tyres or ask your mechanic to determine the cause.
How To Rotate Your Tyres
There are various patterns for rotating tyres. A common one for front-wheel drive vehicles involves moving the tyres in a criss-cross fashion, with the left front tyre trading places with the right rear, and right front trading with the left rear. If you have a full-size spare, you can include it in your rotation pattern-but don’t do so with a small “temporary use” spare, because those are meant only for low-speed, short-distance emergency use.
If your tyres show uneven wear, ask your tyre dealer to check for and correct any misalignment, imbalance or other mechanical problem involved before rotation. Before rotating your tyres, always refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for rotation recommendations.