Tire rotation is an essential practice that ensures even wear on a vehicle’s tires. Without regular rotation, tires will wear unevenly and create issues with traction, tire failure, and more. Proper tire rotation follows specific patterns designed to equalize wear based on a vehicle’s drive type. Put simply, the way your car is designed to drive can affect the way each tire experiences wear. The best way to keep your tires with even tread is to have a professional rotate them according to manufacturer instructions and your car’s drive type. Read on to learn about the different tire rotation patterns for every kind of car.
Rear, Four Wheel, and All Wheel Drive
For vehicles that use rear, four-wheel, or all-wheel drive, many professionals recommend either the rearward cross or X patterns. In the rearward cross pattern, the back tires are moved straight forward to the front positions, and the front tires are placed on opposite sides in the back. In other words, the rear right and rear left tires are moved to the front right and front left positions, while the front right and front left tires cross and take the rear left and rear right spots. In the X pattern, the front and rear tires switch positions, switching sides as they do. In this way, the front left tire trades places with the rear right tire, and the front right tire switches with the rear left.
Vehicles that use front-wheel drive experience wear differently than those that do not. For most cars, front wheels carry more weight than those at the rear. However, for vehicles that use front-wheel drive, this difference can be so significant that it causes the front tires to wear out twice as fast. For vehicles that use front-wheel drive, the X pattern is a suitable method. However, the forward cross pattern is also acceptable. In this pattern, the rear tires move forward and switch sides, and the front tires move straight back. If you have noticed uneven wear on your tires, be sure to contact the professionals at Auto Stop Limited Inc. for tire rotation.
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