Why & How Rotate Wheels
Why rotate your wheels?
Due to a variety of factors, tyres do not wear evenly throughout your vehicle. Some wheel positions wear faster than others. Rotating wheels results in a more even wear rate on your overall vehicles tyres.
How does rotating wheels help you?
Safety - More useable tread means better grip. Having one or two tyres worn more than the others may result in a loss of traction. Punctures are also more prone to occur to tyres with less tread.
Cost - Rotating your wheels ensures that all tyres wear at a more even rate resulting in more Km per tyre.
Why 5 wheel rotation?
Mostly the spare wheel is forgotten until an emergency arises. The storage of the spare is often not in optimum conditions, resulting in degradation of the spare tyres properties and potentially leaving you stranded when you need it most.
5 wheel rotation ensures that the spare wheel is brought into the equation, it’s value utilised and that whichever tyre is spare is of a known condition. By including the spare into the rotation process, you further extend the life of each tyre and optimise available quality tread ensuring a safer drive.
How often should you rotate your wheels?
Tyre and vehicle manufacturers recommend that you rotate your wheels every 8 - 10 000km. You will need to check the recommendations of both your vehicle manufacturer and tyre manufacturer to determine what best suits your vehicle.
Can you rotate your wheels?
Most vehicles can have their wheels rotated although some manufacturers have included sensing equipment into their vehicles which, when the tyres are mismatched, will restrict the use of the vehicle. This may result in your having to replace all 4 tyres. Check with your vehicle manufacturer to see if your wheels can be rotated.
What about wheel alignment?
Wheel Alignment maintenance is an important factor in ensuring your safety and extending tyre life and should be conducted at the same time as the tyre rotation process.
Here are some illustrations of basic wheel rotation methods.