Tire Rotation: How & Why?

Tire Rotation is customarily offered as part of regular vehicle maintenance procedures. Most auto repair shops will rotate your tires for you during your scheduled oil change, for example.


If you’re like most people though, you probably don’t actually know why your tires should be rotated regularly and certainly couldn’t explain what that process looks like.


If you’ve been following along with our blog, you know that so far we’ve learned many vehicle maintenance basics, like the ins and outs of an oil change and how to change a tire.


Ready to take a look at tire rotation?

Here’s what to know:


Your tires should be rotated routinely. Your vehicle’s owner manual is always your go-to resource for what maintenance schedule you should be on.


Tire rotation is really a preventative measure to help equalize the wear rate of your tires. When tires are regularly rotated, they each serve in as many of the vehicle’s wheel positions as possible.


It should be noted that front and back tires perform different duties and their tasks vary from vehicle type to vehicle type. The tires on mom’s front-wheel drive, station wagon experience different wear and tear than the tires on a rear-wheel drive performance vehicle, for example.



Regular rotation helps ensure balanced handling and traction in whatever vehicle type you own.


There are traditional rotation patterns used by many auto repair shops that work for most vehicles.



These include:


Forward Cross: Common in vehicles with front-wheel drive and a full-size matching spare

Rearward Cross: Common in rear and four-wheel drive vehicles with full-size matching spares

X-pattern: Common in rear and four-wheel drive vehicles


To extend the life of your tires, getting them rotated every 5,000 miles is a good rule of thumb.


And when you’re ready, Krietz Auto Service Center is ready and waiting to help!



Happy Driving!

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