For many drivers, a new set of tires represents a sizeable investment. Fortunately, regularly scheduled maintenance can maximize your return on that investment. When it comes to your new set of Goodyear, Cooper, Kelly or Dunlop tires, the maintenance is very simple, very effective, and very affordable, if not free! It’s called tire rotation.
Tire rotation simply refers to switching the position of each tire on the car. In the simplest example, the tires at the front of the car are moved to the rear of the car and vice versa. Changing each tire’s position on the car on a regular basis helps all the tires to wear more evenly and last longer.
How Often Should Tires Be Rotated?
We suggest tire rotation every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. Tires on four-wheel drive vehicles may require more frequent rotation – as often as every 4,000 miles. (Check your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle’s manufacturer suggests a specific interval.) A good rule of thumb is to ask for a tire rotation each time you have your oil changed, while your car is already on the lift.
Regardless of mileage, you should have your tires rotated if you notice uneven or premature wear, even if it’s only on one tire. Mountain View Tire experts can check your vehicle to determine the reason for the irregular wear, as not addressing the cause of the problem would eventually shorten the service life of your tire(s) and possibly affect the operation and fuel efficiency of your vehicle.
After a tire rotation, the inflation pressures must be checked and, if necessary, adjusted to the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations.
Not All Tires Are Rotated Equally
Some vehicles have directional tires, or different sized tires on the front and back. In those cases, the options regarding rotation are limited. If you’re in doubt about any aspect of tire rotation, check your owner's manual or pull into a Mountain View Tire location for help.
If your vehicle has two radial tires and two bias or bias belted tires, remember that the radial tires must always be kept on the rear axle. Never put a radial tire and a bias-ply tire on the same axle.
If you’re buying two new replacement tires of the same size and construction as those already on your car, install the new tires on the rear axle.
And if you’re buying just one new tire, it should be installed on the rear axle, along with the older tire that has the deepest tread.