Honda Tire Rotation
Rotating your vehicle’s tires is incredibly important. It can benefit your vehicle in several different ways. But when should you rotate your tires?
As with many things that concern your vehicle, consulting your owner’s manual is always the best first step to learning about your vehicle or figuring out what is wrong with your vehicle. In the owner’s manual, the manufacturer will leave a rotation pattern that owners can follow. Many tire companies and vehicle manufacturers recommend rotating your tires every 6 months or about every 5,000 to 7,500 miles—which ever happens first. Which works out with most vehicle’s oil change time period; though some vehicles can now go up to 10,000 to 15,000 miles in between oil changes, so you would have to take a special trip to a mechanic to still rotate your tires.
And depending on where you live, seasonal changeovers are recommended—such as those living in the snow-belt. Then some of your tire rotations would be taken care of by switching between winter tires and regular ones. Rotating your tires can really benefit your vehicle. It can preserve balanced handling and help maintain traction. As well as rotating them in order to keep the tire warranties from the tire manufacturer valid. And it can help even out tire wear and prolong the tires’ life.
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Tire Rotation Patterns
The direction in which your tires are rotated can also be important, and this can sometimes depend on what time of vehicle you have. For example, for front-wheel drive cars, the front tires may be moved to the rear, staying on the same side of the vehicle, while the rear tires will be moved to the front diagonally (to the side opposite the one they were on originally). In some cases, moving all four tires diagonally to either the front or back is also appropriate, especially with four-wheel drive vehicles.