Tire Rotation Tips

Tire Rotation Tips

Regular tire rotations are important for ensuring even tread wear and long tire tread life. Performed at the scheduled intervals, this may be every 2nd oil change or 10,000KM, maintained tire rotations will preserve balanced handling and traction, protect your tread life warranty, and promote even tread wear. Be especially aware of potential corrosion between the wheel and the hub mounting surface, when rotating tires. It is critically important to torque the wheel fasteners to manufacturers specifications and then recheck after a short driving time to ensure that wheels stay where they should… on the car. A recent report shows a startling increase in ‘wheels coming off’ due to corrosion and inadequate re-check for proper clamping force or ‘torque’ of the wheel fasteners after a short drive time following DIY rotation.

Rotating tires present the perfect opportunity to do the following:

  Inspect brake components such as pad material thickness, are they getting low? A measuring tool can aid in determining if the pads are too low, 2 to 3 mm or less thickness of the friction materiel determines the pads are nearing the end of their useful life. Are the rotors rusted or grooved? Are there any fluid leaks from the hydraulic components, the brake hoses, wheel cylinders or calipers?

Inspect Steering and suspension components for wear, rust and/or movement. Steering components should be tight. Physical cracking on any bushings and protective boots that may indicate age/dryness. Are the shocks and/or struts leaking? Are the coil springs intact and do they appear to be in good condition?

Set tire pressures and inspect valve stems. Inspect tire tread for injuries, irregular wear such as tread worn down on inside or outside edges and sidewalls for any obvious damage or severe weather cracking.

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