All You Need to Know About How to Rotate Tires

What is a tire rotation? It simply means shifting the position of your vehicle’s tires; for example, the front left may become the rear right. Tire rotation can maintain responsive handling, avoid accidents, and significantly improve the lifespan of your tires, and there are two main questions to ask yourself:

  • Which tire rotation pattern is right?
  • Are my tires directional or non-directional?

Read on for everything you need to know about how to rotate tires.

Tire Rotation Pattern Options

You shouldn’t just move your tires around without a plan. Luckily enough, there are three main patterns to follow:

  • Forward Cross: Bring the front tires to the rear and rear tires to the front. As you do, move the rear left wheel to the front right and the rear right wheel to the front left. This is the primary pattern for front-wheel drive vehicles.
  • X-Pattern: Just like the forward cross, but you also move the front left tire to the rear right and the front right tire to the rear left. This is an alternative pattern for front-wheel drive vehicles.
  • Rearward Cross: Bring the front tires to the rear and rear tires to the front. As you do, move the front left wheel to the rear right and the front right wheel to the rear left. This is the primary pattern for rear and four-wheel drive vehicles.

Directional vs. Non-Directional Tires

Before you get switching, make sure you check out whether your tires are directional or non-directional. If your tires have a ‘one-way’ pattern, they are specifically made for either the left or right side of the vehicle. You can tell by looking for an arrow or triangle on the tire’s sidewall – it should indicate in which direction that wheel should turn.

  • Directional Tires: If your tires are directional, simply swap the front and back right tires and the front and rear left tires.
  • Non-Directional Tires: As you might have guessed, any direction of rotation is fine with non-directional tires. It’s smart to use the X- pattern when rotating non-directional tires.
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The Service Team at Biggers Chevrolet Can Help with Tire Rotation

Whether you need general tire care advice or help sorting unbalanced tires, our service team is always ready to be of service. To find out more, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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