The purpose of tire rotation and balancing is to ensure even tread wear. Edge wear and cupping—uneven wear in the center of the tread—shortens tire life.
We recommend that you rotate your tires every 6-10,000 miles.
Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for additional guidance on rotation intervals and rotation patterns.
Typically, passenger car tires are rotated using a modified X pattern. Back tires to the front; front tires to the back and crossed to the opposite side.
Most four-wheel drive tires are crossed front and back.
Some high performance tires with “unidirectional treads” are “rotated” only front to back, no crossing.
If you have a full size spare, you can include it in your rotation to achieve the absolute maximum wear from a set of tires.
A regular program of inspection, rotation, and balancing helps you get the most out of your tire investment. Keeping your tires inflated to the correct pressure also extends tread life and boosts gas mileage. More importantly, these practices ensure your safety.