You shouldn’t hear any noises whatsoever after rotating your tires. Something probably went wrong after you did if you hear something out of the ordinary. Fortunately, it’s not something terrible, and you can solve most tire-related issues right away.
Weird noises coming from your car are a warning sign telling you something is wrong. Vibration is the same thing. You’re probably experiencing both if your tires are in trouble.
First thing first, if you had someone else rotate your tires, take them to the same place and get it fixed.
For those who did it on their own, I’ll cover the three most common issues you’ll face after rotating your tires down below.
Reasons why your tires are making noises after rotating them
Do you hear a whirring sound while you drive? Do you feel the road is a little bumpier than usual? Your tires are misaligned. A crystal clear way of knowing if your tires are misaligned is having a hard time steering the wheel.
While highly unusual when you get your tires professionally rotated, you may have made a mistake if you did the job yourself. Maybe you erred on the side of caution and screwed your tires a little too tight after you rotated them. You need to lose them up a bit.
Your tires can give you so many miles before they need a replacement. Sometimes, no matter how much work you put in them, they will make noises for you to hear. When you’re at that point, you need to get new tires.
Is it normal for my car to make noises after rotating the tires?
Your tires should make no noises when you’re driving around. If you hear while you drive, that means you have something loose, tight, worn out, or broken.
You’ll have to take a look yourself to see what’s wrong, but you definitely need to fix or replace something.
Now, you may be wondering why you would need to work on your tires if you just rotated them. Well, sometimes people make mistakes – and you may have poorly rotated tires.
That’s not the end of the world. You could also have unbalanced tires. I always recommend rotating and balancing your tires all at once, even if you feel you don’t need to do so.
There’s also the possibility of having a worn-out or loose wheel bearing. Hearing a humming sound when you drive is a dead giveaway. Wheel bearings don’t come loose after rotating your tires, but coincidences happen.
If you’re not sure what’s going on, I’d say you should drive to a repair shop and let a professional take a look. Even if you find out what’s wrong on your own, you still have to take that trip to fix the issue – so why not do it right away?
How do I tell if my tires were rotated?
There’s no way to know whether your tires were rotated or not unless you know your tires pretty well. Someone who pays a lot of attention to their car will recognize their tires no matter where they are.
Knowing your tires that much is not that common for most people. So, other than that, you can mark them yourself.
Grab a piece of chalk and write FLT (Front Left Tire), FRT (Front Right Tire), RLT (Rear Left Tire), and RRT (Rear Right Tire) on each one of your tires.
You can also go “1, 2, 3, and 4” – but you’ll have to remember where each number goes.
With that being said, you should trust the guy who’s rotating your tires. I mean, if you’re not able to trust him to do the job you’re paying them to do – why would you let them near your car at all?
Do I need to rotate my tires?
You should rotate your tires once every six months or after driving for 5,000 miles. While the six-month period doesn’t change depending on your model, it’s better to rotate your cars after 3,000 miles if you’re driving newer models.
Some people are against tire rotation. They think it’s some sort of scam peddled by mechanics to get a quick buck out of the clueless.
Well, it’s not like that. First of all, you don’t need to rotate your tires the same way you don’t need to exercise. Sure, jogging will help you live longer, but you don’t really need it to function.
Tire rotation works the same way. You don’t need it to drive, but you need it if you want your tires to last for as long as possible. Rotation prevents your tires from developing uneven wear and tear over prolonged periods of time.
It may seem like a nuisance to repeatedly do so if you’re driving from one end to the country to the other all the time – but drivers like you need it the most.
Your average driver can get away with following the six month rule.
And, let’s be honest here: it’s a 15 minute ordeal. Tires are expensive. Enough said.
Do I need to get my tires balanced when rotated?
You don’t need to balance your tires after rotating them – but it would be a good idea to do so. Rotating your tires doesn’t take a long time and neither does balancing them. All in all, you’re looking at a 20-minute ordeal that could help you have healthy tires for months.
What does balancing your tires do in the first place? It helps prolong the structural unity of your tires. When you balance them, you make sure they’re properly attached to the rim and that there are no uneven surfaces in it.
So, you don’t necessarily need to balance your tires unless you were in a car crash, or hit a deep pothole, or been driving for countless miles without a single checkup.
Then again, you should take five minutes and balance your tires when you’re rotating them. It’s a two bird one stone scenario – and you should take advantage of it.