China Tyre Expert

One unavoidable fact about owning a car: Your

by:Tanco Tire,Timax Tyre     2020-10-03

No, we're not talking about 'spinning' the tires. Tire rotation is just about the same as a 'tire swap'. Basically, it's exchanging your rear tires with your front tires so as to distribute the 'wear-and-tear' process evenly that all tires have to eventually go through.

Getting an even tire wear is recommended so that the overall performance of your car will be consistent. This is difficult to achieve if one set of tires are more worn out than the other. And since the tires waste away at approximately similar rates, tire rotation also adds longevity to the tread of your vehicle.

Really? Front tires are that affected?

A buyer from a GM dealer confirmed these long-standing suspicions of yours truly: While all car tires do have to wear out, the front tires receive most of the pressure that we drivers are wont to inflict on our vehicles with nary a care-namely, curve turning, parallel parking, and three point turns, among others. It's mind-boggling to think that something that we consider as banal can inflict some major damage on a single tire.

Is there a 'way' to rotating a car tire?

Why yes, there is. Glad I asked a fellow GMC dealer customer about this one. It's worth noting, though, that these advices are only applicable to regular four-wheel drives:

1. Put the front-left tire to the rear-left, the front-right tire to the rear-right, and finally put the rear-right tire to the front-left, and rear-left tire to the front-right.

2. Place the rear-left tire to the front-left, rear-right tire to the front-right, and transfer the front-right tire to the rear-left, and the front-left tire to the rear-right.

3. Exchanging the front-left tire with the rear-right tire and conversely, the front-right tire with the rear-left tire.

4. You can also just as easily swap the front-left tire with the rear-left tire, and the front-right tire with the rear-right tire.

When is the right time to rotate the tires?

My friend from a local car dealer had the idea of swapping tires after logging a total of 3,000 miles on the road. Others, however, have a more convenient way by just remembering to swap when your car has clocked a total of between 10,000 to 15,000 miles of road time, even if there are no signs any wearing out from the tires.

An automotive specialist affiliated with a local GMC dealer had even proposed that there's no point in rotating your tires if you can barely even observe the tires' ideal pressure. To check for the right pressure of the tire, you can just as easily browse the manufacturer's manual. If there's even information on when to gauge for the right time to interval on when to perform a necessary tire rotation, it's quite arbitrary that you follow that, too.

A GM dealer customer had never said it better to me: It may be hard work, but consider the money you'll be spending if you ever find yourself seeing your car towed away because of a single tire blow-out. With that said, since summer is already here, what better way to spend it (aside from the beach or the woods, of course) than to dirty your hands by changing the tires and ensuring that you enjoy the rest of the year on a very smooth and hassle-free ride? It's hard to argue with that, don't you think? So get your car jacks out and start rotating.

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