Nissan Tire Rotation in Wellesley

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Tire Rotation Service

Regular maintenance is critical for the long life of any vehicle. Through the process of simple, consistent upkeep, you’ll stay ahead of any developing automotive issues while also ensuring optimal performance and safety. Rotating the tires is one of these essential regular tasks that should be performed like clockwork as part of normal vehicle care.

What is a Tire Rotation?

A tire rotation involves changing the tires’ position on the vehicle to distribute the wear more evenly. Ideally, you should get your tires rotated during every oil change (or about every 5,000 miles). This plan works because these two maintenance items are simple and quick, making it efficient to take care of them together. What’s more, rotating tires on a regular basis is a great way for our Bernardi Nissan service techs to check for common issues that could lead to danger, like excessive tread wear.

Why Are Rotations Important?

Tire rotations are an essential service for several reasons. First, routinely rotating the tires achieves that desirable even wear, as mentioned above. Depending on the car’s drivetrain, certain tires will be working harder than others. For example, if you have a front-wheel drive car, the front tires will take the brunt of the work since they deal with turning, accelerating, and braking. When the front tires are rotated to the rear and vice versa at those regular intervals, they’ll be able to take a little break until the next rotation. The second reason why tire rotations are so important is because with even tread wear, you’ll find that your car performs better and is safer to drive. Finally, if your vehicle is all-wheel drive, evenly worn tires will help mitigate drivetrain stress, preserving major mechanical systems so that you can keep your vehicle on the road for more years.

Non-Directional Uniform Size Tire Rotation Patterns

The most common tire rotation patterns for cars with non-directional tires (which are tires that can rotate in either direction with equal performance) of uniform size are rearward cross, forward cross, and X. We’ll explain:

  • Rearward cross: This is the most common movement pattern among all- and rear-wheel drive vehicles. With this method, the rear tires are switched to the front axle but kept on the same side, while the front ones are moved to the rear axle but on opposite sides.
  • Forward cross: As the opposite of rearward cross, this is the recommended pattern for front-wheel drive vehicles. Here, the front tires are moved directly to the rear axle while the rear tires are moved forward diagonally to opposite sides of the front axle.
  • X: A simple dual-cross method is another common rotation pattern for AWD and rear-wheel drive vehicles. Each of the four tires is moved diagonally, meaning that they’re switched from one axle to the other in addition to being repositioned from one side to the other.

Non-Directional Uniform Size Tire Rotation Patterns with Full-Sized Spare

While most cars these days come with a compact spare tire (or, in some cases, run-flat tires and no spare), some will have a full-sized spare. In that case, it should be rotated along with the others. On front-wheel drive cars with a full-sized spare, the tires should be rotated in a forward cross pattern; with all- and rear-wheel drive, they should be moved in a rearward cross pattern.

  • Forward cross: With this method, the rear tires are moved forward diagonally to opposite sides of the front axle and the right front tire becomes the new spare. The original spare should be placed on the right side of the rear axle, while the left tire on the front axle should be moved back into the left rear position.
  • Rearward cross: In this case, the two rear axle tires are moved directly forward to the front axle and the spare moves to the right side of the rear axle. The front right tire moves diagonally back to the left side of the rear axle and the left front tire becomes the new spare tire.

Directional Performance Tires (Non-Uniform and Uniform)

If your car has directional performance tires (which are those that are designed to roll in one direction) that differ in size, the side-to-side method should be used. This is when all tires are switched with their same-sized partner but remain on the same axle. For cars with directional performance tires that are the same size, all will be moved from one axle and remain on the same side (otherwise known as the front-to-back method).

You can easily schedule your Nissan’s tire rotation using our online scheduling tool. You can also call 888-483-8603 to speak with a service advisor and make your appointment that way.

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  1. Bernardi Nissan of Wellesley

    962 Worcester St.
    Wellesley, MA 02482

    • Sales: 508-656-2980
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