What is the Right Tire Rotation Pattern?

April 21st, 2020 by

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It’s generally recommended that you have your tires rotated with every oil change, but you can always check your owner’s manual to see exactly when it needs to happen. Most people focus solely on how often tires need to be rotated, but you should also be aware of every tire rotation pattern. You need to ensure even wear between all four tires, so read on to explore rotation patterns for:

  • Rear and Four-Wheel Drive
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • Non-Directional Tires and Wheels on the Front and Rear Axles
  • Same Size Directional Vehicles

Rear and Four-Wheel Drive

Rear and four-wheel drive vehicles should use the ‘alternative X’ or ‘rearward cross’ rotation pattern. You’ll move:

  • Front left wheel to the rear right
  • Front right wheel to the rear left
  • Rear left wheel to the front left
  • Rear right wheel to the front right.

Front-Wheel Drive

Front-wheel drive vehicles use the ‘forward cross’ pattern. You’ll move:

  • Front left wheel to the rear left
  • Front right wheel to the rear right
  • Rear left wheel to the front right
  • Rear right wheel to the front left.

Non-Directional Tires and Wheels on the Front and Rear Axles

These vehicles use the ‘side to side’ pattern. You’ll move:

  • Front left wheel to front right
  • Front right wheel to the front left
  • Rear left wheel to rear right
  • Right right wheel to rear left.

Same Size Directional Vehicles

These vehicles should use the ‘front to rear’ pattern. You’ll move:

  • Front left wheel to rear left
  • Front right wheel to rear right
  • Rear left wheel to the front left
  • Rear right wheel to front right.

We Can Help With All Your Tire Rotation Questions

Kelley Blue Book notes regular tire rotations among the best ways to maintain a car’s value. To find out more or hear about current specials, simply contact us today or visit your nearest Chicagoland Acura dealer.

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