You can make your vehicle tires last
longer with regular tire rotation and wheel balancing.
Let's start with tire rotation. In normal driving around St. Charles Missouri, your front tires wear
more on the shoulders because they handle much of the cornering forces in turns. Front-wheel drive
vehicles have even more force on the front tires.
We rotate the tires so that all of the tires do some duty on the front end as well as getting a little
break on the back end. That way, all four tires wear more evenly over their life and last longer.
For most vehicles in St. Charles Missouri, tires are rotated front to back. Some manufacturers recommend
a cross rotational pattern that includes the spare tire, and some high-performance vehicles have
different size tires on the front and rear and may even have uni-directional tires that can only be on
the left or the right side of the vehicle.
Several factors can cause uneven
● Vigorous driving habits
● Uneven terrain and pot holes
● Under inflated tires
● Worn shocks
● Unaligned wheels
● Worn components
● Not rotating your tires
Regular tire rotation helps avoid
uneven tire wear that can lead to poor performance and gas mileage. Some tires need to be rotated at specific
intervals, while others will need to be rotated depending on the wear. To find out when your tires need to be
rotated, check your vehicle's owner's manual or ask one of our tire specialists.
Your St. Charles Missouri service advisor at Sparks Tire & Auto can help
you sort that out and will perform the right tire rotation for your vehicle. Your tire manufacturer will have a
recommendation for how often you should rotate your tires.
It's usually somewhere around 5,000 to 8,000 miles.
What we do during tire rotation:
● Tires are rotated in alternating patterns
● Examine general quality and safety of tires
● Examine tire tread
● Check for correct inflation
● Secure lug nuts
UNDERSTANDING PROPER TIRE ROTATION
BY BENJAMIN HUNTING |
NAPA Know How | MAY 23, 2016
Understanding proper tire rotation can go a long way toward extending the
life of the rubber wrapped around your wheels. In fact, rotation is so important that it’s something you should do
at least twice a year — typically with the changing of the seasons — as part of your automobile’s regular
So why is proper tire rotation a crucial part of keeping your car on the road?
It’s all about understanding the link between tire wear, suspension setup and alignment.
Wearing Down, Wearing Out
As you roll on down our St. Charles Missouri roads, the rubber on your tires eventually begins to wear down. The
thing is, this wear doesn’t occur evenly, for a number of reasons. First, consider the fact that your front wheels
move from side to side when you steer your vehicle, which means as you lean to one side or the other through a
corner the outside edge is subject to additional wear that the rear tires don’t have to deal with. Then, consider
that your wheel alignment can show a bias at the front and even on one side of the car compared to the other, to
compensate for road crowning and to keep the vehicle tracking straight.
Load balance also plays a role — if you drive with cargo in your truck bed, then there’s more weight over the rear
tires, which can affect wear. If you have a performance car, then the drive wheels — whether front or rear — can
also wear down more quickly because of the wheel spin produced by a powerful engine. The end goal of rotation is to
even out wear as much as possible by spreading the load around over the life of each tire.
Front, Back and Side-to-Side
Proper tire rotation varies depending on the type of vehicle you’re driving. For a rear-wheel drive car, typically
you would move the rear tires to the front, on the same side as they were originally mounted. Conversely, when
moving the front tires to the rear, you would swap sides. This balances out the amount of wear to the outside edge
experienced at all corners. For front-wheel drive, it’s the reverse — the fronts move to the back on the same side
as they were originally mounted, but the rears crisscross when moving to the front.
Four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles swap their tires in an X-pattern — right front to left rear, left front
to right rear — while cars featuring tires that have a unidirectional tread pattern (meaning it can only spin one
way) have to switch their tires front and rear without any crossing at all.