Tire rotation is the practice of moving the wheels and tires of an automobile from one position to another, to ensure even tire wear.Even tire wear is desirable to extend the useful life of a set of tires.
The weight on the front and rear axles differs which causes uneven wear. With the majority of cars having the engine in front, the front tires typically bear more weight than the rear tires. Front-wheel drive vehicles have not only the engine but also the transaxle in front, adding to the weight differential. Moreover, additional stress is placed disproportionately on the front tires by braking and steering. Thus, tire rotation needs to occur more frequently for front-wheel drive vehicles.
How often do I need to rotate?
It’s a good idea to rotate your tyres roughly every 10,000km / 6,000 miles. There are other factors that may mean you need to rotate your tyres more frequently:
- High speeds, heavy loads, long distances: if you regularly drive at high speed and long distances, or carry heavy loads, then extra strain might mean slightly more frequent rotations.
- Uneven wear: you should rotate them as soon as possible if you notice uneven wear.
- Humming sound: if they emit a humming sound when you’re driving on a smooth road, it might be time to look into rotation.