Rotating your tires mean a periodic position change from the front to back and side to side. After years of dealing with cars, I learned that there are three common reasons why you must rotate your tires. First, it can help keep traction and preserve balanced handling when roads are slippery from snow or rain. Second, to keep the tire warranties as required by tire manufacturers. Third, it will help to even out the wear in your tires by letting each of the tire to work in each of the four positions of your vehicle, promoting an even tear across the tire’s tread pattern prolonging the life of the tire.
The tires in front of your vehicle accomplish a different task and response than the rear tires. Typically, all your tires will evenly wear and equally respond to the driver’s input. When all four of your tires wears evenly, you can change them with an entire set instead of just purchasing a tire or two. Replacing with a set of tires allows you to maintain the initial handling balance. Further, replacing the set of tires means full benefit on the latest tire technology since manufacturers improve their tires. You’ll have less possibility of mismatched tires.
I’ve been fascinated by cars for years already. My experience taught me about three rotation pattern that covers most of the vehicles, most vehicles with wheels having similar size and non-directional tires.
Here, on the front-wheel cars, you’ll rotate your tires in a forward cross pattern or an alternative X pattern. On your rear-wheel, rotate the tire in either a rearward cross pattern or an alternative X.
Currently, the wheel trends dictate additional rotation patterns in tires with a “Front-to-Real” patterns on vehicles with similar-sized directional wheels or directional tires. You could also try the “Side-to-side” pattern for vehicles with wheels on the front axle (compared to rear axle) and non-directional tires.
Tip: If none of the additional patterns allow an even wear, you may dismount and rebalance the tires of your vehicle since vehicles or cars with directional tires with different rear and front offsets and with different sized directional wheels, and tires need dismounting. Mount them back and rebalance before you proceed to rotate the tires again.
A lot of vehicles with temporary spare tire does not qualify for the tire rotation program, only spare tires and wheel matching the four wheels and ground tires (non-directional not labeled as temporary use). You have to follow the recommended rotation procedures from your vehicle’s manufacturer or try inserting the spare in the right rear position every rotation. The tire that would have been to the right rear should be in the trunk as a spare until next rotation.
For cars with a matching full-size spare, you should rotate tires in a forward cross pattern. The rear wheel of the four-wheel vehicles with full-size matching spare, tires should be turned in a rearward cross pattern.
The Five-tire will result in equally distributed use maintaining the equivalent tread depth of the five tires throughout their life. You can also use Five-tire if your spare three partially worn tires are in conjunction with the new extra tire. Driveline damage might result in a four-wheel drive and vehicles with all-wheel drive.