how to properly rotate your tires

How to Properly Rotate Your Tires

Have you ever noticed how your tires start getting worn out and making every ride uncomfortable after a while? But they’re not damaged or need changing, so what can you do to get back to smoothly driving your vehicle? This is where tire rotation comes in. Periodically rotating your tires and changing their positions is an important part of preserving the durability of your tires, while also ensuring you don’t spend a lot of money on tire replacement.

Experts suggest that you should rotate your tires after every 5,000 miles of having driven your vehicle, but you can also follow the guidelines of your vehicle manufacturer for this purpose. Regularly rotating your tires provides you the opportunity to check your tires for damages, inspect their air pressure, and also assess their tread depth.

When you rotate your tires, the wear on all four tires becomes evenly spread out, making its tread-life maximized. Furthermore, as we mentioned above, rotating tires and spreading out their wear can provide you with a much smoother, more comfortable ride on your vehicle than you’ve been experiencing lately. Let’s discuss how you can properly rotate your tires.

Rotating Tires & The Pattern to Utilize

The tire rotation pattern you utilize depends on the kinds of tires you’re using, the vehicle you have, i.e. front, rear, all or four-wheeler, whether all of your tires are of the same size, or whether you have directional or non-directional tires.

Rotating Uniform, Non-Directional Tires

Rearward Cross

For 4-wheel, rear-wheel, or all-wheel vehicles, the rearward cross pattern is most recommended. In this, rear tires are moved to the forward and kept in the same side of the vehicle, while front tires are moved to the rear and opposite sides.


More preferred for front-wheel vehicles, such as sedans, where all tires are moved diagonally i.e. front right and left go to rear left and right and vice versa with tires being repositioned not just from the axle but also one side to the other.

Forward Cross

This is the most common rotating practice for front-wheel vehicles. The front tires are moved directly back while rear tires are moved in the front and also opposite axles.

Rotating Uniform, Non-Directional Tires with a Full-Size Spare Tire

For better performance of your vehicle, you always need to have a full-sized spare tire in your bumper along with your 4 tires that are already attached to the vehicle. To rotate in such conditions, there are two ways:

Rearward Cross

In this, both the rear axle tires are moved directly forward to the front axle, while the spare is moved to the right of the rear axle. While the front tire is moved to the left of the rear axle, and now you can keep your previously front left tire as the new spare tire in your bumper. This rotation is again applicable for four-wheel or rear-wheel vehicles.

Forward Cross

In this, the rear tires are moved to the opposite side of the front axle, the spare tire is positioned on the right of your car’s rear axle, and the left tire on the front is moved to the left rear axle. In this situation, your right front tire previously now becomes the new spare tire to keep in your bumper.

High-Performance, Directional Tires


All tires are switched with the same-sized partner tire and remain on the same axle. The front right tire switches position with the front left tire and the same is done for both the rear tires.


The two rears become the two front tires, in the same position. While the two front tires become rear tires, again in the same position.

These are all the ways to rotate and reposition your tires to optimize vehicle performance. Of course, which position you rotate your tires to depends on the requirement and the type of vehicle you have. For expert guidance, contact Toyota Creek Motors.

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