What is Tire Rotation?
Tire rotation is simply changing the position of the tires on the car. For example, taking the front tires and putting them on the rear, then taking the rear tires and putting them on the front. Tires can be rotated in other patterns though. Usually tire manufacturers will publish their preferred method, which may not be the same as what your vehicle manufacturer recommends, both of which may be different from the rotation pattern your mechanic wants to use. The truth is it doesn't make a lot of difference which way you rotate the tires, so long as each tire spends equal time on the front of the car and the rear of the car. Some older and cheaper tires do not do well when rotated side to side, so if in doubt, it's a safe bet to just rotate front to rear without crossing side to side.
Regularly scheduled tire rotation and balances minimize irregular or uneven wear caused by maintaining a tire in the same position and rotation direction over an extended period of time.
At Fisher's Tire & Service. we rotate and use our computer spin balance equipment to balance each tire. Most tire manufacturers recommend that you balance your tires every 6,000 miles.
The Wheels/Rims provide the mounting service to contain the vehicle’s tires. Performing a Wheel Balance will ensure even tire wear, prolong tire life. Our certified technician will inspect the tire tread for wear, properly adjust pressure, balance tires and properly hamd torque each lug nut to OEM specs.
Where the rubber meets the road – literally. Your car’s tires provide the link between you and the highway. Proper
maintenance is crucial to both performance and safety. Tires should be routinely inspected for proper inflation and wear.
In addition, routine tire rotations, balancing, and alignment will greatly enhance tire life and vehicle ride.
How Can I Tell if my Vehicle Needs New Tires?
While there are certainly a number of visual cues to determine if your tires are in proper operating condition, as part of
a complete maintenance inspection, you should have the below tire safety items checked by a certified technician. Before
replacing your tires be sure to consult your owner’s manual and follow the vehicle’s manufacturer recommendations, as
vehicle handling may be affected by a change in tire size or type.
In addition, did you know that tire age is an important factor in automotive safety? When it comes to determining the age
of a tire, it is easy to identify when a tire was manufactured by reading its Tire Identification Code (serial number).
Unlike vehicle identification numbers (VINs) and the serial numbers used on many other consumer goods (which identify a
specific item), the Tire Identification Codes are really batch codes that identify the week and year the tire was produced.
- Tire Codes After 2000: The week and year the tire was manufactured is contained in the last four digits of the series, with two digits used to identify the week a tire was manufactured immediately preceding digits identifying the year.
Example: XXXXXXXX 0607 indicates the tire was manufactured during the sixth week of the year 2007.
- Tire Codes Prior to 2000: Tire Codes Prior to 2000: Tire Identification Codes were based on the assumption that no tire would be in service for 10 years. They were required to provide the same information, but the last three digits identified the week followed by the year of the decade. Example: XXXXXXXX 068 indicates the tire was manufactured in the sixth week of the eighth year of the decade.
Why Should I Rotate My tires?
Tires should be rotated to increase the life of the tire, prevent irregular wear, and to allow all four tires to wear out at the same time so they can be replaced with a matching set.
Tires in the front of the car develop wear pattern peculiar to the front of the car and tires in rear develop wear patterns peculiar to the rear. Tires in the front tend to wear on the inside edge. This is caused by scrubbing on the inside of the tire as the suspension compresses when going over bumps, and by the front wheels' tendency to increase toe-out at freeway speeds. The rear tires tend to develop a choppy wear pattern, which is caused by the skipping and hopping rear toe-in or toe-out can cause. Rotating the tires helps minimize each of these types of wear by minimizing the amount of time the tire spends in each position.
Tires that are on the front of a front wheel drive car wear twice as fast as tires on the rear of a car. This happens because -- the engine's power goes though the front tires on it's way to the ground, the front brakes (and therefore the front tires) do most of the braking, and the front tires shoulder more of the cornering load. If you left the tires in the same position, the fronts would wear out when the rears were only 1/2 worn. You would then need to buy two front tires, and you might not be able to match to your rear tires. Since tires have differing handling and traction characteristics, it's best (but not essential) to have them match.
Turning your car (which is unavoidable) also contributes to uneven wear. The outside, front tire is worn disproportionately. In right hand traffic countries the left front tire wears faster than the right front. Also, right turns are tighter than left turns, causing more tire wear. On the other hand the sidewalls on the right tire tend to be more often bumped and rubbed against the curb while parking the vehicle, causing asymmetric sidewall wear. As would be expected, the exact opposite occurs in countries that drive on the left hand side of the road.
Mechanical issues in the vehicle may also cause uneven tire wear. The wheels need to not only be aligned with each other but also with the vehicle. The wheel that is out of alignment will tend to be pulled along by the other wheels, causing uneven wear in that tire. If the alignment is such that the vehicle pulls to one side or the other, the driver will correct by steering against the pull. Essentially, the vehicle is constantly turning in this case, causing uneven tire wear.
Additionally, if a tire is under or over-inflated, then it will wear differently than the other tires on the vehicle. Rotating will not help in this case and the inflation needs to be corrected.
What Can Fisher's Tire & Service do to Help Keep Your Tires Going?
Automobile manufacturers recommend tire rotation frequency and pattern. Depending on the vehicle, tire rotation may be recommended every 6,000 - 7,500 miles. The rotation pattern is typically moving the back wheels to the front, and the front to the
back, but crossing them when moving to the back. If the tires are unidirectional, the rotation can only be rotated front to back on the same side of the vehicle to preserve the rotational direction of the tires. Most unidirectional tires can be moved from side to side if they are remounted.
- Tire Pressure Monitoring: Under or over-inflation can result in irregular wear, lower gas mileage, loss of control and accidents. A tire can lose up to half of its air pressure and not appear to be flat! Please have your tire pressure checked with every oil change. Recommended air pressure is posted on the driver’s door or in the glove compartment of every vehicle.
- Tire Alignment: If your vehicle is pulling to one side or shaking, it may be out of alignment and damaging your tires. Have your vehicle checked for proper alignment periodically, especially if you notice driving irregularities.
- Tire Rotation: Regular rotation of tires promotes more even wear, which in turn prolongs tire life. The general guideline for tire rotation is every other oil change (or every 6,000 to 7,500 miles), unless otherwise directed by your vehicle or tire manufacturer.
- Tire Tread: While the penny test can do the trick if you’re in a pinch (legal tread depth is 2/32 of an inch – the exact distance from the tip of Abe’s head to the rim of a penny), you may feel more comfortable having your certified technician measure this during an inspection. Note that in many states it is illegal to drive on tires that are below safe tread depth.
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