Why is Tire Rotation Important?

man working on tires

Winter in Chicago can do a number on your vehicle’s tires. The tires on your car take a beating from the tarred to dirt roads that you frequent. Switching around your tires can ease up on their wear, extending their time with you. Why rotate tires? There are several benefits of turning your tires at any time of the year. Let’s review what rotating tires can do:

  • Help you get better fuel economy
  • Extend the lifespan of your tires
  • Provide better traction on slippery Schaumburg roads
  • Make for a quieter ride

How Often to Rotate Tires?

On average, you should rotate your tires every six months or 5,000-7,000 miles. Of course, this will depend on your driving habits, Hoffman Estates! If you spend a lot of time in your Hyundai vehicle, you will need to rotate your tires more often.

How-To Rotate Tires

If you have the know-how and means to rotate your tires, great! Here are quick instructions to rotating your tires. Rotation of tires differs on Front Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive vehicles. 

Front-Wheel Drive Tire Rotation

A step-by-step on how to rotate your tires on a Front Wheel Drive vehicle.

  • Move the rear tires to the front
  • Flip the tires
  • Put the left rear tire on the right front wheel 

PRO TIP: When moving the front tires to the back, keep them on the same side.

Rear Wheel Drive Tire Rotation

It can get tricky when rotating tires on a Rear Wheel Drive vehicle. The instructions are similar to FWD tire rotations. But pay close attention to where the tires switch.

  • Move the front tires to the back
  • Flip the tires
  • Put the left front tire on the right rear wheel and the right front tire on the left rear wheel.
  • Keep tires on the same side when switching them.

All-Wheel Drive and Four-Wheel Drive Tire Rotations

For the most part, RWD and 4WD vehicles mimic the Rear Wheel Tire steps. Check your vehicle’s owner manual for guidance. In some cases, tires need to rotate in an “X” pattern and not on the same side.

What Does Rotating Your Tires Do?

It is easy to get a tire rotation. Ask to rotate your tires during an oil change or routine maintenance. Schedule a service appointment and let us know that you wish to rotate your tires. Rotating your tires will help them wear evenly and save you money in the long run. The other adverse effects from not rotating your tires are: 

  • Flat tires and blowouts
  • Deterioration of brake pads
  • Poor traction
  • Expense

Have Us Rotate Your Tires at Patrick Hyundai

Prolong the life of your tires by contacting us today to schedule a service appointment. Your safety behind a new Hyundai vehicle is our priority. At Patrick Hyundai, quality matters!