Routinely rotating your tires is an integral part of tire maintenance. When tires are not rotated, they tend to wear irregularly, which can affect their overall performance and lifespan, as well as create noise and potentially void any manufacturer warranty. Thankfully, tire rotation is a very simple auto maintenance task, and when done properly, it can extend tire life and improve gas mileage and handling.

If you have left all four of your tires in the same corner for years, it’s time to make a change. And in today’s blog, we at Road Runner Tire Shop would like to share with our readers some information to help them understand this task and to, hopefully, inspire them to rotate their tires. If you need assistance with your tire rotation, don’t hesitate to contact Kearney’s leading tire shop. From tire rotation to tire repair, we are committed to being your one-stop tire shop.

Rotate Tires Roughly Every 5,000 Miles

Tire rotation recommendations can vary. Some say every 3,000 miles. Some say every 7,000 miles, and some suggest a rotation every time the oil is changed. We’ll split the difference and say around 5,000 miles is a good time to rotate your tires. Regardless of whether you do it before or after the 5,000-mile mark, the most important thing is that you are, in fact, rotating them regularly and consistently. Consult with your tire shop to learn more about when you should rotate your tires.

Rotation Patterns

A car’s weight is not evenly distributed. The front of the car, where the engine is housed, almost always weighs much more, meaning the front tires tend to carry more weight. This, in combination with the fact that the front tires are responsible for all the steering and all the weight is shifted to the front when the brakes are applied, it is no wonder that the front tires wear out much faster than the rear tires.

The key to avoiding uneven wear is rotating your tires regularly. The best type of rotation pattern varies depending on the vehicle as well as the type of tires on your vehicle. The standard pattern is to move the front wheel to the rear and the rear to the front but to cross them—meaning the back right tire goes to the front left, and the back left tire goes to the front right. Regardless of the pattern you choose, make sure that you are consistent each time you perform a rotation. Or in other words, make sure that each tire spends some time at each corner of the car. If you are unsure about what rotation pattern is best for you and your car, consult the owner’s manual or take your car to your local tire shop. They will be able to tell you what’s best and knock out the job quickly.

Rotating The Spare Tire

If you have a spare tire—not a “donut” spare, but a full spare—you can also put this into the rotation pattern. If you choose to do this, stay consistent. For example, make a pattern of putting the right rear tire into the trunk, making it the new spare. This simple trick can help add to the amount of life you get out of your tires.

In short, don’t overlook the importance of tire rotation. It’s a quick form of maintenance that can help you get the most out of your tires, stay safe, improve handling, and overall performance. Need your tires rotated? Stop on by Road Runner Tire Shop. From DOT inspections to roadside tire assistance, we are ready to help. Contact us today to learn more!