Ideally, tyres should be rotated every 5,000 – 8,000 km. When this is done consistently, the tyres are more likely to maintain good handling and traction, and deliver maximum tread life. However, it’s important to remember that tyre rotation alone cannot guard against rapid or uneven wear if your vehicle has faulty mechanical parts, or improper tyre inflation pressure.
Rotation Patterns Explained
The most commonly used rotation pattern, designed primarily for front wheel drive vehicles – which most cars have.
For rear wheel and 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Also for rear wheel and 4-wheel drive vehicles – but can also be used as an alternative to the Forward Cross method for front wheel drive vehicles.
Front-to- Rear & Rear-To-Front
Primary used for performance vehicles equipped with directional tyres of the same size.
Primary used for vehicles equipped with non-directional tyres of different sizes.
What about the spare tyre?
If your spare tyre is of the same size as the 4 tyres in service, you should include that spare in your rotation pattern. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended rotation sequence, or introduce the spare into the rotation pattern in the right rear position.
Temporary-use spares cannot be included in your tyre rotation.