Tyre Rotating - When to take your tyres for rotation

08/04/2019

The care for your tire is a must if you want them to serve you well for a long time. Here are tips for you to know when to take your tyre for rotation

A good tyre can be likened to a good leg, you are guaranteed to get to where you're going in good time and in great shape. However, a bad leg won't get you there in good time, plus you'll always be stopping over to check if you can still make the journey or to rather abort the mission.

Naijacarnews advise that you take good care of your tyres as it has numerous advantages including, saving your fuel while giving you extra savings in the long run.

But how do you know when and if your tyres need Rotating? Well, it's really not that hard. Just follow the prompts in this article. So, here they are if you're ready!

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Tradition says you should rotate your tires every oil change? Is it relevant now?

1. Using the age-old trick!

This trick is somewhat out-dated and might not necessarily be accurate but it's safe as you can never be too safe. It is simply to rotate your tyres every other time that you take your car for an oil change. This trick probably dates back to when you bought your first car and you were told to change your oil every 3,000 km. It might not necessarily be needed, as you might need to check these other signs to confirm if indeed your tyre is due for a rotation.

2. Other signs to confirm your tyre need rotation!

  • Tyre wears unevenly

If during an inspection of your tyres you find that some of the tyres are wearing out unevenly, then it's time to take your tyre for a 'spin'. You might also need to add alignment to the job to forestall the problem reoccurring.

  • Tyre air pressure

Once you notice pressure issues with your tyres, and if it's been some ages since you've done the rotation, then your tyres might need a rotation job done on them.

  • Vibration while driving!

If there are vibrations that you can feel while driving your car, the first point of call is to check your tyres as these are usually found culpable. A quick solution to the problem is usually to get a rotation and a wheel balancing job done on your tyres. This often returns the drive back to smooth-ride mode.

3. A sworn DIYer?

The next question people usually ask is: can I do it myself? Well, if the job is as easy as it sounds then you can, but unfortunately, it is not as easy even though it sounds very easy. The problem is, with modern cars, there is more to it than just switching tyres around.

However, if you are in possession of the correct tools, and the power to lift your car to change those tyres. Also, you need the equipment to help you check that you've done the right thing. Without these implements, you're better if you take your car to a specialised mechanic or an auto workshop for your tyre rotation. It shouldn't cost you much.

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With modern cars, there is more to it than just switching tyres around

4. Good practices for tyre care!

Getting your tyres rotated is good, having a set of proper tyre maintenance practices that you abide by is even better. The better-maintained tyre lasts for longer than that not maintained. What you must put in mind is that the maintenance of tyre doesn't cost a lot, is not a time-wasting activity, and it's usually scheduled for every once in while in a month.

Here are the basic four you really need!

  • Gauge your tyres properly

A properly gauged tyre is the first and foremost care you can give your tyres. This is because if your tyres are over-gauged, it might result in a car crash as you'll need more braking distance to stop your vehicle. In the same vein, an Underinflated tyre will cause excess wear on your tyre causing them to last less long at the same time causing you more money in fuel cost.

  • Wheel balancing

This will ensure that your journeys are smooth while driving as well as elongating the life span of your tyres. This can be done at the auto workshop with the right equipment.

  • Wheel alignment

An unaligned wheel is a critical cause of uneven wearing of tyre surfaces, causing your tyres to wear out quickly. On the other hand, an aligned car will make for even wearing of tyres as well as longer lasting tyres.

  • Tyre threads

The threads on your tyres ensure traction while driving on the road. The less thread you tyre has, the less long it is likely to live. You will need to keep an eye on the threading on your tyre to ensure that they are changed when the threads are wearing to a critical point.

Video: How to PROPERLY Rotate Your Tires

5. Wrap up!

The above-mentioned signs and maintenance tips are all necessary for a long-lasting and well-serving tyre. If you do follow these simple tips from Naijacarnews for tyre maintenance, you are certain to have your tyres serve you for longer, without the need to start replacing your tyres ever too often. 

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