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How much does a tyre rotation cost?
The tyres on your vehicle are the main contact between you and the road and are often overlooked when it comes to vehicle maintenance.
Tyres wear down over time but having them rotated at certain intervals to promote even tyre wear can save you money in the long run.
What is a tyre?
The tyres on your vehicle are made up of a combination of synthetic and natural rubber, along with steel belts or cords to provide a solid but pliable cushion to absorb vibration and bumps from the road surface.
The surface of the tyre or 'tread' is designed to provide excellent grip on the road surface as well as disperse standing water when travelling on wet roads.
Benefits of tyre rotation
- Increased tyre life
- Prevents uneven tyre wear
- Reduces road noise due to uneven tread wear
- Increased safety
Symptoms of needing a tyre rotation
- Tyres wearing excessively on the inside or outside edge
- Living in an area with many roundabouts - excessive cornering can cause tyres to wear on the outside edge
- Tyres that have become noisy due to low tyre pressures
How are tyres rotated?
This all depends on the type of vehicle that you drive, and the type of tyres that are fitted to your vehicle.
The most common rotation is switching the tyres from front to back, and moving the tyres from the rear to the opposite side and placing them on the front.
This allows the tyre to rotate in the opposite direction and evens out the wear on the tread.
Vehicles fitted with 'Directional' tyres
Vehicles fitted with directional tyres can only have their tyres moved from front to back.
Interchanging directional tyres side to side will not allow the tread pattern to work efficiently, and will make the vehicle unsafe and dangerous to operate.
How often should I have my tyres rotated?
Most tyre manufacturers recommend rotating tyres every 10,000km or 6 months - whichever occurs first.