Looking after your tyres
Front and rear tyres do different jobs so they usually wear at different rates. The tread on your tyres is what keeps your family safe on Queensland roads. This is why tyre rotation is so important. When you regularly rotate your tyres you’ll not only be safer, but you’ll even out any irregular wear patterns and extend the life of your tyres too.
In the past, tyre rotation was straightforward. It was a simple front to back or diagonal side-to-side rotation. Now with the widespread adoption of spare wheels, uni-directional and asymmetrical tyres, tyre rotation is a little more complex.
To help you reduce tyre wear and tear we recommend chatting to an experienced tyre dealer, or following your vehicle manufacturer’s guidelines. If you’re after a quick tyre rotation guide, check out our advice below:
How frequently should tyres be rotated?
Many manufacturers recommend tyre rotation at least every 10,000km. If you’re noticing uneven wear patterns, its recommended more often. If you’re experiencing uneven tyre wear a wheel alignment, maintaining correct tyre pressure and even changing the type of tyres you’re using may help. You can check out simple tyre maintenance which could help extend the life of your tyres if they’re wearing faster than they should be.
Uni-directional tyres are designed to turn in one direction only so can’t be rotated side-to-side. Their sidewalls are marked with an arrow to indicate their correct rotational direction. These markings help out when you’re installing them so you’re sure they’re moving the correct way.
Unlike standard tyres, asymmetrical tyres have a tread pattern that differs side-to-side. This means they can be designed to perform different tasks. In Queensland’s wild weather asymmetrical tyres can be made with one side being optimal for wet driving conditions, with the other side offering good cornering. Asymmetrical tyres need to be fitted to the wheel in a particular orientation to ensure they work correctly. Check out their sidewalls as they’ll be marked to help with this. Like uni-directional tyres, most manufacturers will not recommend rotating asymmetrical tyres side-to-side.
Different diameter or width tyres
Sometimes cars will use front and rear tyres that have different diameter and/or width. This means that depending on the type of tyre, you’ll only be able to rotate them side to side on the same axle. Check out your tyres and follow the manufacturers advice on how often to change and rotate these tyres.
Rotating a spare tyre
When you have a spare tyre that’s the same as the original four, it’s a good idea to include your spare in a rotation sequence. This not only spreads the wear over five tyres, instead of four, but also uses your spare which could deteriorate if it’s left in your boot for a long time. .
Temporary use or space saver spare
It’s always recommended to drive on a space saver temporarily. This means you should really avoid including it in a rotation sequence. Instead, opt to get a new car tyre and start your rotation again on four long-term, safe tyres. If your car has a temporary space saver and no uni-directional, asymmetrical or different size tyres, follow the rotation pattern below.
4WD and AWD cars
Regular tyre rotation is super important to keep drivelines in top shape. Different tyre diameter as a result of mismatched tyres or uneven wear, can cause a lot of damage in these cars. Some vehicle manufacturers will recommend only full, matching sets of tyres be fitted to prevent this damage. It’s recommended you rotate according to the above recommendations and always consult with your vehicle dealer to find the right tyres for your car.
Tyre maintenance requirements
You can extend the life of your tyres by following simple tyre maintenance.
As a guide, try to ensure your tyres are:
- Rotated regularly
- Correctly installed
- Aligned and balanced
- Maintained at correct pressure
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