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Tire rotation is an important part of vehicle maintenance. Rotating your high performance tires every 3,000 to 5,000 miles as recommended can provide performance advantages, even out tire wear, and preserve balanced handling and traction of the tires.

Wear on the tires of performance vehicles is usually greater than on touring or luxury vehicles. Individual wheel positions can have different wear rates and may cause different types of wear on each tire. This is why rotating your tires at the recommended times, even if they don't show signs of wear, is necessary.

Tire wear reduces the tread depth of a tire. When all four tires wear evenly, the wear helps maintain handling, increase cornering traction and allows the tires to quickly respond to the driver.

Following the tire rotation advice given below will help not only now, but also when the time comes to purchase new tires. When tires are replaced in complete sets, they can maintain the original handling balance. If only some of the tires are replaced, the tread depth will vary and handling may not be optimum. In addition, replacing tire in sets allows for the option of improving your tires. Tire manufactures are constantly adding new features and introducing new tires to the market. Rather than trying to match a tire to those already on the vehicle, you can take advantage of the new products by replacing all four tires at one time.

While beneficial in many ways, tire rotation cannon correct mechanical problems or problems caused by incorrect tire inflation.

Front Wheel Drive Vehicles: rotate tires in a forward pattern (fig. A) or alternative X pattern (fig. B)
Rear Wheel or Four Wheel Drive Vehicles: rotate the tires in a rearward cross pattern (fig.C) or the alternative X pattern (fig. B)
Directional Wheels or Tires: rotate the tires as shown in fig. D.
Non-Directional Tires that are a different size from front to rear: rotate tires as shown in fig. E.