Before outlining the tips on how to rotate truck tires, it is important that you know why you should rotate your tires. If you don’t see the necessity, you may not see the need to read this article to the end. Do you know that front tires wear faster than back tires?
Front tires bear 60% of the total weight of the car. This is because the engine of trucks is usually in front and it is the front tires that bear the weight of the engine so, they bear much more weight than back tires. It is only logical that they wear faster than back tires.
Secondly, front tires turn right and left in addition to rolling forward and backward, but back tires only roll forward and backward.
That’s another reason why front tires wear faster than back tires. So, you need to balance up the rate of wear by rotating the position of the tires.
How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?
Now that you understand why it is necessary to rotate your tires, the next question that will come to your mind is, how often should you rotate your tires? We have three different answers for you. It is left for you to choose the option that suits you most.
1. After every 3,000 miles
Some tire experts advise motorists that it is safe to rotate the position of the tires of their vehicles after every 3,000 miles. However, some people have criticized it. They believe that 3,000 miles is low.
2. After every 5,000 miles
Those that are against After-3,000-miles rotation of tires prefer the rotation to be done after every 5,000 miles. You can choose anyone that suits you. Apart from the two options, there’s another option.
3. Whenever you change your oil
Some people believe that it is difficult to keep track of the mileage of your vehicle for tire rotation. Rather, they feel it is better to rotate your tire anytime you change the oil of your car. So, it is left for you to choose the option that suits you most.
How to Rotate the Tires of Your Truck?
Now that you understand the importance of rotating your tires, you’ll be eager to learn the steps involved in rotating your tires.
You need to exchange the front right tire with the rear right tire, and after that, you’ll do the same thing to the left tires. Move the rear left tire to front left and move the front left tire to left rear. Here are the steps involved in that.
Steps To Rotate Your Tires
You may start the rotation with any of the four tires, but we decided to start with the front right tire. Remove the front right tire and fix the spare tire in the front just like you will do when changing a flat tire.
The process is the same. You will need to use your wheel spanner to remove the nuts and you also need your jack to raise the tire. You need to use wedges on the other tires to prevent the car from rolling.
Got to the rear right tire and jack it up. Remove the tire and replace it with the front right tire that you just removed.
Now, go back to the spare tire that you fitted on the front right rim. Remove the spare tire and replace it with the rear right tire. After that, you’re through with right tires.
Remove the front left tire and fix the spare tire in the front
Got to the rear left tire and jack it up. Remove the tire and replace it with the front left tire that you just removed.
Now, go back to the spare tire that you fitted on the front left rim. Remove the spare tire and replace it with the rear left tire. And that’s all. You are through with the rotation.
After the tire rotation, you can leave the tires in their position for another 3,000 miles, 5,000 miles, or another oil change, depending on how often you have chosen to rotate your tires.
However, if any tire gets damaged and needs to be replaced. Always put the new tire in front. Let’s explain this further.
If the damaged tire is one of the rear tires, put the new one in front and bring one of the front tires to the back. On the other hand, you may decide to have your tires rotated in an auto-mechanic shop.
Tire rotation is faster and easier at an auto-mechanic shop because they have the right equipment. The car will be hoisted off the ground, so the positions of the tires will be changed without the use of a spare tire.
Other Rotation Patterns
Apart from the rotation pattern described above, there are three other common rotation patterns and they have been explained below.
X-Pattern: for this pattern, the front left tire is exchanged with the rear right tire and the front right tire is exchanged with rear left tire.
Rearward Cross: The rear left tire is moved to front left but the front left tire is moved to rear right. The same way, the rear right tire is moved to front right but the front right tire is moved rear left.
Forward Cross: Here, the front right tire is moved to rear right but the rear right tire goes to front left. The same way, the front left tire is moved to the rear left but the rear left tire moves to front right.
Now, you have learnt why you should rotate truck tires and how to rotate truck tires. You have also learnt the common rotation patterns. To conclude, here are a few tips on how to make the best of your tires.
- Always keep your tires inflated at the stipulated pressure.
- Always check that your spare tire is in perfect condition if you don’t want any disappointment.
- Check for uneven wears on your tires.
- Rotate your tires regularly.
Use your spare tire only to get your flat tire fixed and not as a regular tire.