How to Rotate Tires

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A tire rotation is when you change the position of your tires as recommended by the manufacturer. Not only will this give technicians an opportunity to visually inspect for damage, but it’ll also help preserve the life of your tires.

While it’s clear why tire rotations are so important, you may be curious how the process is done. Luckily, we created this informative guide for drivers like you throughout Santa Fe, White Rock, and La Cienega.

Learn how to rotate tires and contact us at Land Rover Santa Fe.

How Tires Get Rotated

tire rotationWhen tires are rotated, they follow a specific pattern based on the type of automobile that you have. For instance, if you have a front-wheel drive vehicle, then you follow a Forward Cross pattern. This is when the front tires are moved straight to the back, while the back tires get moved to the front on the opposite sides.

If you have a rear-wheel, 4-wheel, or all-wheel drive car, then you follow the Rearward Cross pattern. With this pattern, the rear tires are moved straight to the front and the front tires get moved to the back on opposite sides.

Some automobiles, meanwhile, follow an X-Pattern, which is usually for front-wheel drive vehicles, such as lightweight trucks or sedans. This time, all tires are moved diagonally:

  • Left-front to right-back
  • Right-front to left-back
  • Left-back to right-front
  • Right-back to left-front

When & Why to Get a Tire Rotation

Tire rotations need to be completed to ensure even tire wear. Due to their importance, it’s recommended to get a tire rotation every 5,000 to 8,000 miles or with every oil change.

Front tires tend to wear down faster than the rear tires, especially in front-wheel drive automobiles. More specifically, the front-right tire tends to wear down faster than the front-left tire since drivers usually take left turns faster than right ones.

If you don’t get a tire rotation when recommended—say, for your front-wheel drive car—then you could have significantly less tread in the front than the back. Eventually, this could lead to a loss of control on the road, especially if the ground is wet.

Other Tire Services

tire replacementNot only does our service center rotate tires, but we can perform tire repairs, too, if need be. For example, if a tire starts leaking from a puncture, then it’ll need to be worked on right away.

However, the puncture needs to be in the center of the tread, about 1 to 1.5 inches from each shoulder of the tire. It also can’t be larger than 3/8 of an inch in diameter. If the puncture is too big or in the wrong location, then the whole tire will have to be replaced.

A tire replacement will also be needed if there are any bulges or bubbles in the sidewall. Plus, if there are any deep ruptures or cuts from a pothole or other road hazard, then you’ll need to replace the tire.

Luckily, this can be done easily in our tire shop. We carry various reputable brands and will make sure to get the right one for your automobile.

Schedule a Tire Rotation Today

If you need a tire rotation, repair, or replacement near Santa Fe, White Rock, or La Cienega, don’t wait. Schedule service at Land Rover Santa Fe today!



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