On front wheel drive cars, it is especially important to rotate your tires periodicallybecause the front tires wear faster than the rear. Uneven tire tread thickness, front torear, will give you uneven braking and poor handling, especially in the rain. If you don'trotate the tires, you'll wind up replacing them two at the time, which means you'll alwayshave uneven tread thickness. Replacing tires in a matched set of four will keep thehandling and braking traction of the car balanced.
On certain cars, you may experience an additional problem when you do not rotate thetires: tire noise or humming on smooth roads. If you notice a humming noise, check therear tires for a "saw-tooth" wear pattern on the inside and outside shoulder of the tire. You can detect this by running your hand back and forthalong the edges of the tire tread. Be careful not to cut yourself on debris orexposed steel belt wire. If it feels smooth in one direction, but jagged in theother, you may have found some of your noise. This condition happens on some front wheeldrive vehicles with tires that have tread blocks on the shoulder of the tire. Rotating thistire to the other side of the car should even out this type of wear and quiet down thehumming. Check your owner's manual for the proper rotation method. Most front wheel drivecars require the following rotation method:
Front wheel drive tire rotation
Warning: If you have directional tires such as Goodyear Aquatreads they mustnever be crossed over to the other side of the car. You can tell by the fact that theywill have a clearly marked arrow on the sidewall showing the direction of rotation.
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