Types of Tire Rotation Patterns

Rotating your tires is both an easy and important step in extending the life of each of your tires and making sure your vehicle runs at its best performance.

At Fred Beans, we’re committed to providing our customers throughout Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, Flemington, and Philadelphia with dependable and honest care in every aspect of their vehicle’s maintenance.  Continue reading to learn which type of tire rotation patterns work best for your particular vehicle and where to have one performed today.

Why Do I Need a Tire Rotation?

Types of Tire Rotation PatternsThe weight of a vehicle is balanced between the front and rear axles with usually one bearing slightly more weight than the other. This places extra burden on either your front or rear tires causing one pair to wear down more quickly than the other. Also, vehicles with front-wheel drive tend wear out their front tires quicker since those tires are responsible for things like: acceleration, steering, and braking.

Front tires tend to wear on the outside edges because they have to lean into turns and bends in the road. Regularly rotating your tires is a simple task that helps ensure your vehicle’s tire treads wear evenly and you get the full extent of use from them. During a tire rotation, you should always make sure three things occur:

  1. Each tire is moved to a different position depending on the pattern your vehicle requires.
  2. Your brake system should be inspected for any damage or wear.
  3. Air pressure should be checked and adjusted to the tire’s designated PSI.

Directional vs Non-Directional Tires

Types of Tire Rotation PatternsThe pattern on directional tires are designed to rotate in one specific direction while non-directional tires have a tread pattern that are designed to perform equally well regardless of the tires’ rotational direction.

You’ll often find directional tires on high-performance vehicles. Most likely, your vehicle will have non-directional tires that can be rotated to any position on your vehicle.

Common Tire Rotation Patterns

There are three major rotation patterns that cover most vehicles with non-directional tires. Your vehicle’s specific rotation pattern will most likely be determined by your vehicle’s drivetrain and type of tire:

  1. Front-Wheel Drive. Vehicles with front-wheel drive and non-directional tires should use either a forward cross or an X-pattern. In the forward cross, the front tires move straight back while the rear tires move to the opposite side of the front axle. In the X-pattern, the front tires move to the opposite rear positions and the rear tires move to the opposite front position.
  2. Rear and All-Wheel Drive. Vehicles with a rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and non-directional tires should use a rearward cross pattern. The rear tires move straight up to the front, while the front tires move to the opposite rear positions.
  3. Vehicles with differently sized, non-directional tires on the front and rear axles. The front tires move to the opposite side of the front axle and the rear tires go to the opposite rear side making a side-to-side pattern.

Schedule a Tire Rotation Today!

At Fred Beans, the team of highly skilled technicians at our state-of-the-art service center are here to help keep your vehicle running at its best performance. If you’re a driver near Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, Flemington, or Philadelphia and know your due for a tire rotation, simply stop in during service hours or schedule an appointment online today!

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