4 Benefits of Tire Rotation and how often you should do it
Tire rotation is necessary if you want to get the most life possible from your tires. Other than getting the most life from your tires, you can get better performance such as handling and improved mileage which enhances your driving pleasure.
1. Maximize Tire Lifespan
Tires will wear unevenly due to many different factors - including terrain (e.g potholes, gravel) , temperature and driver habits (such as speeding, braking excessively, making sharp turns at high speed). Getting your tires rotated will help to balance out the wear on your tires, which may prevent many possible unwanted problems down the line, such as one tire’s threads being significantly worn as compared to the others.
By changing the tires, which is usually done by moving the front tires to the back of the vehicle and vice versa, tire pattern wear can be avoided. For example, the tires on a front-wheel drive vehicles may wear faster as the power from the transmission is transferred to them instead of the rear tyres - meaning they have to move the vehicle and steer it at the same time.
Swapping these with the back tires at regular intervals helps to spread out wear. Including the spare tires in the rotation can increase the life of all tires by up to 20%.
2. Increased Vehicle Performance
If you don’t swap your tires often, the performance, riding comfort and stability of your vehicle can be affected. For example, if your car is front wheel drive and you don’t rotate your front tires to the rear, overtime - the tread will wear to a point where they become unusable and you won’t be able to rotate them to the rear. It’s best to rotate often while the tires are still usable. Wheel misalignment may also occur if you don’t rotate your tires regularly.
3. Increased Mileage
When you rotate your tires regularly, it takes the car a lesser amount of work to drive. This is because when tire wear is spread evenly, vehicle pull and road friction are alleviated whilst traction and stability are increased. These factors help the engine to run more smoothly and more efficiently, decreasing the amount of petrol it takes to get the car going. Less petrol used means better overall mileage for the vehicle, and helps you save money as well !
4. Save Money
Speaking of saving money, how exactly does regular tire rotation help you achieve that?
When you rotate tires regularly, you can help to avoid expensive mechanical repairs, save money on petrol and delaying the need to buy new tires, as you are extending the life of your current tires as much as possible.
Doing some simple calculations can show you that spending the small fee for a regular tire rotation can add up to much less money spent as compared to putting your vehicle through breakdowns, mechanical repairs and even potential accidents.
How often should I rotate my tires?
According to Michelin, tires should be rotated every 6 months or 6,000 to 8,000 miles - which is equivalent to 9600km and 12900 km respectively. To make things easier, try to rotate your tires every 8,000 or 10,000 km or on rotate your tires on every oil change. In Singapore, tire rotations typically cost $30 - $50.
As different cars have different outputs, it’s always best to consult your owner’s manual for tire rotation frequency.
How does tire rotation work?
You can refer to the image below for a quick look at how tire rotations are done. It’s pretty simple ! Essentially, it just involves moving the front tires to the rear in a vertical manner or diagonally. No matter how it’s done - the whole purpose of tire rotations are to even out tire wear.