How to Rotate Tires
No matter which vehicle you’re driving around Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley in, you need a good set of tires. That way, you can get the optimum traction you need to stay safe on the road.
Over time, tires will start to wear down from simple daily use. They’ll need to be rotated routinely to maintain an even wear pattern.
Below, we’ll tell you how to rotate tires, why this is important, and how often it should be completed. Then, once you’ve finished reading this guide, you’ll want to contact us at Jaguar Albuquerque to get this type of tire repair done for your automobile.
Tire Rotation Patterns
When the tires get rotated, they need to follow a specific pattern to ensure even wear and proper performance. How the tires get rotated depends on several factors, such as:
- Whether the tires are directional or non-directional
- If your car is front-wheel, rear-wheel, 4-wheel, or all-wheel drive
- Whether you have a spare tire, be it full- or mini-size
We’ll give you two basic tire rotation patterns:
- Front-wheel drive vehicle with non-directional tires—Follow the Forward Cross pattern
- Front tires move straight back to the rear
- Rear tires move to the front in opposite directions
- Rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive car with non-directional tires—Follow the Rearward Cross pattern
- Back tires straight up front
- Front tires to the opposite sides in the back
Why & When You Need to Rotate Tires
There are many reasons why getting regular tire rotations is so important; however, the key benefit is ensuring the car has even tire tread.
Tires naturally wear differently, with the front ones wearing much faster than the rear ones since the front tires carry more than 60% of your vehicle’s weight. Plus, turning will wear the front tires at different rates. Drivers usually take left turns faster than right ones, too, which puts more load on the right front tire—and this leads to it wearing down faster than the left tire.
By getting the tires rotated habitually, you’ll ensure a smooth and safe ride. Plus, you’ll decrease the chances of needing new tires, which can get costly. So, as long as you get this type of tire repair done every 5,000 to 8,000 miles(or during every oil change), you should be good to go.
When to Get a Tire Replacement
However, there may be instances when a tire is beyond repair and needs to be completely replaced. One way to determine when a tire replacement is needed is to check tread depth. The easiest way to do this is with a penny. Place a penny upside down in the tread and check Lincoln’s head. If you can see the top of his head, then the tread has gotten too low and you’ll need to replace the tire right away.
You can also pay attention to how your ride feels. If it’s been pretty rough lately or you feel unusual vibrations, then check the tires. If you notice any cracks, blisters, or bulges, then the tires will need to be replaced as soon as possible.
Finally, use the tire’s age to gauge when it should be replaced. Check out the tire’s sidewall for the manufacturer’s code. The last four numbers will tell you the production date. For example, if you see 1018, then you know the tire was produced in the 10th week of 2018. Once a tire becomes more than six years old, it’s highly advised to replace it, no matter its current condition.
Schedule Tire Services Today
If you need any type of tire services—be it a basic repair or a complete replacement—then don’t wait. Schedule serviceat Jaguar Albuquerque, and we’ll work to help keep you safe on the roads of Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley.