Why A Tire Rotation Is Important
A tire rotation and balance are often overlooked in maintenance needs. People tend to put it off altogether or just don’t seem to think about the need for a tire rotation. Tires will wear differently on the front of your vehicle than they will on the rear.
Rotating the tires evens out the wear patterns so those front or back wear patterns won’t become excessive and shorten the life of your tires. This is especially important on front-wheel-drive cars which tend to wear the front tires more dramatically.
Why Tire rotation and Balance are Important.
If there is slight wear on the front or rear suspension parts it can contribute to excessive tire wear. Rotating and balance the tires will minimize that wear. Tires aren’t cheap, and rotating the tires is an inexpensive way to help your tires last as long as they should.
Most oil change intervals are now 5000 miles, so we all should rotate our tires every oil change. 10,000 miles is just too long an interval to get the benefits of tire rotation. At G&G Auto Repair it only costs $10 to rotate your tires when we do an oil change, which is very inexpensive insurance to help you get the most mileage from your tires.
How often should I get a tire rotation?
Frequent tire rotation is important. This can preserve the balance and traction of your tires. Tire rotation evens out the wear that is incurred in front to back tires. As well as side-to-side. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual can give you the exact tire rotation schedule for your car. In general, the best recommendation that can be given is every 5-9k miles. As a good practice, you can rotate the tires of your vehicle every time you take the vehicle in for an oil change.
How do I know if I need a tire rotation?
As we have stated it is a good practice to rotate your tires based on mileage and service. There are some signs that you may need to rotate your tires sooner. Some of these signs are:
Vibrations while driving
When your vehicle reaches speed (usually 45 or above) you may begin to feel slight vibrations. This is usually a sign of uneven wear or tire imbalance. Whatever the cause may be, you will want to get your vehicle in for a tire rotation to eliminate this problem.
Continual tire pressure loss
If you find that one or more of your tires is losing air faster than others you may want to consider a rotation. Or, you can have a service tech look and see if the tire is in need of repair.
Wear on tire tread
Not all tires are created equal. Some tend to wear out faster than others. This is also true if your vehicle is out of alignment. When your tires are out of alignment this can cause wear on one or more of the tires. This can create irregular patterns in the tread. This will require that your tires need to be rotated and your vehicle’s alignment issue addressed
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