Tire rotation is the process of moving each tire to a different wheel on the vehicle to ensure that all parts of each tire wear down evenly over time. A level tire tread promotes consistent traction on the road and minimizes the risk of a blowout. You get a safer, easier-handling vehicle while maximizing tire life -- if you rotate your tires regularly.
Why do tires wear down unevenly? Each wheel position places different stresses on its tire. The steering system, drivetrain, and sun exposure -- all these factors influence tire wear. There are even tire rotation patterns specific to each drivetrain, directional vs. non-directional tires, and whether you have a full-sized spare tire as part of your rotation. Stick to your rotation pattern and all your tires will get equal time in each stress point.
Is this tire rotation lesson making your head spin? Don’t worry. Your Midas technician will know the best tire rotation pattern for your vehicle.