Rotating your tyres

Rotating your tyres

Why is it important to rotate your tyres?

The tyres at the front of your vehicle often wear out faster than the ones at the back. By changing them frequently, you can ensure they wear more evenly and get the most out each tyre’s tread life.

Do bear in mind that rotating your tyres won’t correct any wear problems caused by using incorrect inflation pressures.

 

How often do I need to rotate tyres?

It’s a good idea to rotate your tyres roughly every 10,000km / 6,000 miles. There are other factors that may mean you need to rotate your tyres more frequently:

  • High speeds, heavy loads, long distances: if you regularly drive long distances at high speed, or carry heavy loads, the extra strain makes regular rotation a good idea.
  • Uneven wear: rotate tyres as soon as possible if you notice uneven wear.
  • Humming sound: if your tyres emit a humming sound when you’re driving on a smooth road, it might be time to look into rotation.

Can I do a tyre rotation myself?

At Dunlop, we recommend you go to your dealer or a garage to have a professional tyre rotation. But you can do it yourself without any specialist tools – you just need some space and a few hours to spare.

Always check your vehicle owner’s manual for any specific recommendations from the manufacturer.

Things to consider if rotating yourself

  • Rotating front to back

You should only rotate tyres front-to-back if the tyres are all the same size.

  • Different sized tyres: 

Some vehicles come with different sized tyres on the front and rear axles, in which case, tyres should only be rotated on the same axle.

 

  • Directional tread patterns:

When rotating tyres that have a directional tread pattern, be sure to follow the arrows on the tyre’s sidewall.

  • Dismount, mount and rebalance:

This is necessary if your vehicle uses different-sized directional tyres, or wheels with different offsets at the front and rear.