Rotating commercial truck tires can be a nuisance; they take up labor and time. However, they’re an essential part of keeping your truck safe and efficient. Rotating your tires regularly helps to even out wear and keeps your tires going for longer. You may need to spend a bit of extra time completing rotations, but you can save on the cost of buying new tires. Because of this cost-effectiveness and for safety reasons, most experts recommend incorporating tire rotation into your regular commercial truck maintenance.
Why Rotating Your Commercial Truck Tires Is Important
You probably know that your truck tires wear unevenly. The tire position, load distribution, and alignment all affect how your tires wear. This means that some tires will wear out more quickly than others, meaning you’ll have to replace them sooner. Regular rotation keeps your tires wearing evenly so you can drive safely without new tires for longer. Irregularly worn tires can pose a risk to safety. In addition to reducing your tires’ grip and weakening your tires, uneven wear can lead to different rotating speeds, which can cause gear fight. If you want to stay safe, comfortable, and be cost-effective on the road, the best bet is to rotate your semi truck and trailer tires regularly.
When to Rotate Your Commercial Truck Tires
There are lots of different principles on when to rotate your tires. The most exact way is to rotate based on your tire wear. A difference between 0 and 2/32 in different tires won’t do much harm. Once you get up to a difference of 3/32 or more, it’s a good idea to rotate. In order to track this wear, you’ll have to perform regular tire inspections. Some drivers prefer to rotate based on a set schedule. Some tire experts recommend rotating when you’re one quarter of the way through the tires’ expected mileage, and others recommend rotating when you’re halfway through. The key is that you should rotate at least once during the expected mileage of a set of tires. Ideally, you should rotate your tires when your truck is already in for service to avoid additional maintenance time and cost. Some drivers, for example, like to rotate their tires during every other oil change. Whether you make a point to monitor your tires’ wear or choose to schedule regular rotations, make sure that you’re fitting them in with some regularity.
When Not to Rotate Your Commercial Truck Tires
If you’re seeing extremely irregular wear, rotation might not be the answer. Any difference above 5/32 in tread wear is an indicator that something else might be wrong. Bearing issues, mechanical problems, and axle misalignment can all cause irregular wear. Monitoring your tire wear is a good way to keep an eye out for these problems early. If you suspect a mechanical issue, get it resolved before rotating your tires.