Tyre rotation has been a part of standard tyre and wheel service maintenance for many years now. However, unlike other closely-related services such as tyre pressure checking, wheel balancing or wheel alignment, tyre rotation still remains not as popular. Perhaps this could be because the benefits and impact of tyre rotation are not as easy to note. In this article, discover why this service is so important for your car and your pocket as well.
Avoiding premature tyre wear
The most common reason why tyre rotation exists is to avoid premature wear. As you may know by now, tyres wear off differently; some wear off faster than others. This can be brought about by numerous factors such as load distribution, friction, braking, etc. Thanks to tyre rotation, the front and rear tyres are swapped regularly. This ensures that no two set of tyres wear off prematurely. Instead, all tyres wear off at the same rate, ensuring that you do not have to buy new tyres sooner than you should.
Maximizing traction in the drive wheels
In most cars, only two wheels are actively propelled by power from the drive train. In most cases, these are the rear wheels, although some cars are front-wheel driven. Whatever the case, drive wheels wear of faster than their counterparts due to friction. However, the main issue is that as they wear, they lose traction and therefore become less efficient as drive wheels. Tyre rotation prevents this from happening. By balancing the rate of wear in all four wheels, it ensures that your car's drive wheels have all the traction they need to keep your car moving.
Maximizing braking in the drive wheels
Just as is the case with drive wheels above, the braking wheels, too, need to have sufficient tread/traction to bring your car to a stop within acceptable speeds and distances. Unfortunately, the braking wheels, too, wear much faster due to the braking friction. By limiting tyre wear, tyre rotation therefore allows your braking wheels to deteriorate at a slower speed in order to provide you with better braking results.
Regulating wheel inconsistencies and imperfections
Tyre rotation also helps to minimize wheel inconsistencies around your car. Due to different factors such as driving habits, suspension, and load distribution, all your wheels depreciate and perform at different levels. None is identical to the other. If left alone, some wheels (those experiencing the most stress) would depreciate and get damaged at some point. By rotating the wheels periodically, these inconsistencies are kept from erupting into serious problems.
Next time you seek car servicing, ask your attendant to check if your wheels need rotating so that you can enjoy all the benefits above.