At Kal Tire, we come across a lot of customers who think tire rotation isn’t as important on their all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicle. The common misconception with AWD is that power is always being directed to all four tires, and your tires, therefore, are wearing at the same rate. No need for tire rotations, right? Wrong.
Next to checking your tire’s pressure, rotating your tires is the second-most important maintenance item, even on an AWD vehicle.
Why rotating tires on an all-wheel drive vehicle is crucial
Even though all-wheel drive vehicles turn the front and back wheels in tandem, each wheel position will see a different degree of steering, weight dispersion and traction. When each tire has a chance to run on every wheel position, it allows the tires to wear out more uniformly, decreasing the chance of irregular wear.
Keeping the condition of all four tires as uniform as possible puts less stress on the components of your all-wheel drive (or 4×4 systems). If one tire is spinning at a substantially different rate than its partner this can cause the all-wheel drive system extra stress, possibly resulting in failure.
Best practice is to rotate your tires every 8,000-10,000 kilometers or every other oil change.
If you have a full-size spare tire, it should be added to your regular rotations. Keeping the spare tire’s tread equal with the others in an all-wheel drive or 4×4 will prevent damage to the driveline (the mechanism that sends power from the engine to your wheels).
The benefits of rotating your AWD vehicle’s tires
Regular tire rotations mean you’ll maximize the life of your tire by preventing uneven tire wear. Tires in good shape give you optimum traction and handling as well as less road noise. You’ll enjoy smooth, safe driving a well as savings with long-lasting tires.
Why you’ll want to purchase and service your AWD tires at Kal Tire
When you buy a set of tires at Kal Tire, we’ll rotate your tires at the recommended intervals for free as part of our Customer Care Plan. Having your tires inspected by a trained tire technician helps you prevent tire-related collisions and costly repairs.