Rotating your tyres, along with a wheel balance, is an essential part of tyre maintenance. Front and rear tyres do different jobs, so they usually wear at different rates. Front tyres carry more of the car’s weight, and usually wear out twice as fast as the rear tyres. In vehicles with less weight at the back (like Utes and station wagons) this is even more evident. Regular tyre rotation is therefore needed to ensure maximum tyre life is achieved.

What is tyre rotation?

Tyre rotation involves moving a vehicle’s tyres’ position on the car to ensure more even wear and tear and extend the life of the tyres. For example, the rear tyres are swapped to the front and vice-versa to help tyres wear evenly and last significantly longer.

How frequently should my tyres be rotated?

Different vehicles will wear their tyres at different rates. For example; a front-wheel drive car will wear its tyres very differently from a rear-wheel drive car. Station wagons and utes – because of the lack of weight over the rear wheels – will also wear at varying rates. Manufacturers’ recommendations differ, but a tyre rotation roughly every 8,000km – 10,000km is a safe guide; even if you don’t notice any obvious wear.


Correct wheel balance on your car is very important. If your wheel/s are out of balance, you will notice a vibration or wobble that can be felt through the steering wheel and/ or the seat at high speeds. Unbalanced wheels can cause your tyres to wear prematurely, as well as causing accelerated wear of your shock absorbers, struts and steering components. This leads to overall poor performance of your car. A wheel balance extends the life of the tyres, ensures a smooth ride, and increases the vehicle’s safety and performance. When one section of the tyre is heavier than the others, it causes the tyre to become out of balance. A wheel balance redistributes weight evenly around the tyre so that it rotates smoothly and travels evenly at high speeds. If there is even a slight difference in weight in the wheels, it will cause enough momentum to create a vibration in the car.

What is a Wheel Balance?

To balance a wheel, it is mounted on a balancing machine that centres the wheel and spins the tyre and wheel to locate the heavier part. Once determined, it is then compensated for by attaching a weight on the opposite side. If these weights become loose, the wheel will wobble. The faster you’re travelling, the more it will wobble. Every time a wheel is first mounted onto a vehicle with a new tyre, it needs to be balanced.

When Do I Need My Wheels Balanced?

  • If your steering wheel or vehicle is vibrating or your tyres are particularly noisy.
  • When you are replacing your tyres.
  • When you are rotating your tyres.
At Burleigh’s Mobile Mechanic we take your family’s safety seriously; which is why we check your tyres at every service and offer a tyre rotate and balance as one of our comprehensive services. If your vehicle is due for a service, in need of maintenance, or you have any concerns with any part of your car, give our friendly team a call today on 0412 161 776. Remember to like our Facebook page for handy hints and special offers.