Rotating your tires means moving them from one side of the vehicle to the other, moving them from front to back, or a combination of both. This helps avoid uneven tire wear, which can lead to poor performance and decreased gas mileage.
Goodyear considers regular tire rotations as basic tire maintenance and recommends you get your tires rotated every 3,000-6,000 miles (5,000km-10,000km). We specialize in tires at Right Toyota in Scottsdale AZ. The Toyota Tire Center provides tire options in all approved sizes to meet most customers' brand preferences. The best Toyota tire center near me is located in Scottsdale, AZ at Right Toyota service.
WHY TIRE ROTATION?
Tire Wear Prevention
Tires may wear differently depending on their position on the vehicle, your driving style, and the condition of your suspension. Regularly rotating your tires helps evenly distribute tire wear - helping you get the most miles out of your tires while maximizing traction on all four wheels On front-wheel-drive vehicles, front tires tend to wear faster than rear tires due to added pressure/resistance from steering.
Tires may wear differently depending on their position on the vehicle, your driving style, and the condition of your suspension
Regularly rotating your tires helps evenly distribute tire wear - helping you get the most miles out of your tires while maximizing traction on all four wheels
On front-wheel-drive vehicles, front tires tend to wear faster than rear tires due to added pressure/ resistance from steering
Tires wear differently depending on their location on the vehicle and the vehicle’s drivetrain. Front-wheel-drive vehicles wear front tires more quickly than rear tires, since the front tires transfer power to the road and steer the vehicle. In order to correctly rotate the tires of a front-wheel-drive vehicle, you have to move the front tires to the rear and the rear tires to the front. However, when moving the rear tires to the front, they should be placed on opposite sides of the car; you should move your rear right tire to the front left, and the rear left tire to the front right.
Rear-wheel-drive vehicles provide more balanced wear, since the rear tires deliver power to the pavement while the front tires do the steering. Even with this division of labor, however, the different functions, front and rear, produce different wear patterns that make rotating the tires advisable. When rotating your tires in a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, you should pretty much do the opposite of what you would do with a front-wheel-drive vehicle. The rear tires should be moved to the front but stay on the same side. Your front tires should be moved toward the rear; you should move your front left tire to the rear right, and the front right tire to the rear left.
All-wheel- or four-wheel-drive vehicles may present the strongest case for rotating the tires to keep tread wear even. In many of these vehicles, significant differences in tread depth can place an unnecessary strain on the drivetrain. For it’s all-wheel-drive vehicles, it's recommended that the maximum variation in tread depth be kept to about 2/32 of an inch. Since many crossover all-wheel-drive vehicles are actually in front-wheel-drive mode most of the time, rotating the tires on these vehicles should be done often, since the front tires can be expected to wear more rapidly than the rear tires. Tread wear variances of more than 2/32 of an inch suggest that the tires should be rotated more frequently.
When rotating the tires of an all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive vehicle, you will follow the same process as if it was a rear-wheel-drive vehicle. The front right will go to the left rear, the front left will go to the right rear, and the two rear tires will move to the front without switching sides.
Staggered wheels are found on vehicles with larger tires at the rear than the front. Here, a front- to-rear rotation is impossible. Side-to-side rotation is used instead.
Dually trucks, or pickups with dual rear tires on each side, may include all six tires in their rotation pattern. Check the owner’s manual.
A five-tire rotation pattern is possible when a vehicle has a spare tire and spare wheel that are identical to its other four tires and wheels. A five-tire rotation puts the spare tire into regular service.
Studded winter tires should never be switched from left to right.
Some cars with tire pressure monitoring systems that display the air pressure at each wheel may require a reset to display tire pressures properly after the tires are rotated.
While tire rotation is important, it will not correct uneven wear caused by previous suspension, alignment, or inflation problems.