TIRE CARE & MAINTENANCE
What is the Proper Tire Rotation Pattern?
The tire rotation pattern varies based on the type of car and the type of tires fitted. See graphic for a common rotation pattern – but in general, tires will often be rotated front to rear, in some cases crossing side to side as they move front to back to help balance tire wear.
Certain cars and tires can’t use these typical rotation patterns. Some tires have a directional tread pattern, meaning they can only be mounted so they rotate in one direction. These tires should only be rotated front to back.
Some cars – especially high-performance cars – may have differently sized tires front and rear. In this case, the tires can only be rotated side to side (if they are nondirectional), never axle to axle.