Tire rotations are one of those aspects of auto service that you don't appreciate until the worst happens to you. In this case, the worst is your tires blow out on you, which can have some very detrimental circumstances. If you want to avoid this (and you totally should), you're going to need to periodically get a tire rotation on your car, truck, van, or SUV.

So the first question you might be asking yourself is:

What Is a Tire Rotation?

Good question. A tire rotation, in many ways, is exactly what it sounds like. Tire rotation is simply changing the position of each one of the tires on your vehicle. There are several important benefits and preventative measures to having your tires rotated, and you should never skip out on doing so.

Why Should I Rotate My Tires?

The first and perhaps most important reason that you should rotate your tires is so that the inevitable wear that occurs on them can spread evenly. Hence, you'll get more long-term value out of your tires and reduce your risk of a blowout.

Even wear also ensures that your tires' performance stays optimal. Traction and handling are very dependent on how balanced your tread wears out. So, if you want to maintain that same satisfying ride, you'll come to appreciate a tire rotation from Chapman's Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

What Tire Rotation Pattern Should I Ask For?

Wait. Tire rotation pattern? Is that a thing?

Yes, it is a thing. Fortunately, it's pretty easy to determine which tire rotation pattern you need as it is largely dependent on your drivetrain and whether your tires are directional or non-directional. There are three patterns from which to choose from:

  • Rearward Cross
  • X-Pattern
  • Forward Cross

The rearward cross pattern is used for vehicles with four-wheel, all-wheel, or rear-wheel drive. This pattern involves taking the tires that are on the rear of the vehicle and moving them up to the forward axle while keeping them on the same side. Meanwhile, the front tires go to the rear and swap sides.

The x-pattern is used on light-weight trucks and sedans that are front-wheel drive. In terms of what the pattern entails, it literally involves crisscrossing the tires and positioning them on the axle opposite of them. So, for example, the front right tire moves to the rear left position and vice versa.

The forward cross pattern is the same as the rearward cross, only in reverse. The tires that are on the front of the vehicle slide to the back, while the rearward move to the front and swap sides.

That's a lot of information to keep track of, and fortunately, you don't have to keep it all straight. Our team of factory-certified technicians is equipped with the latest tools and technology to get the job done with speed and efficiency.

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