Auto Questions Answered: Do I Need a Tire Rotation?

July 8th, 2016 by

Auto mechanic performs tire rotationTire rotation: we’ve all heard our mechanics and tire technicians talk about it, but what exactly is it? Tire rotation is a simple process, but drivers often overlook the importance of it. Learn more about the process—and why you should prioritize it—with our quick and convenient tire rotation run down. Tire rotation is essential to a long life for your tires, great handling, and optimized gas mileage. When you’re ready, our service department is ready to get you started with regular tire rotation.

Why Do Tires Wear Unevenly?

Tire rotation is the fix for a problem that all vehicles share: uneven tire wear. Tire rotation uses specific patterns to ensure that the “pressure points” of where the rubber meets the road get changed out evenly. No car has perfectly even weight distribution and all cars steer from the front tires, so tire tread is inevitably going to wear down differently on each tire. Mechanical problems can also cause uneven tire wear.

Tire Rotation: Why and How Often?

Chances are if you’ve read your owner’s manual, you’ve noticed that your car’s manufacturer will recommend frequent tire rotation—about as often as you change your oil. Every 3,000 to 7,000 miles is a great rule of thumb. It’s a relatively inexpensive maintenance service and can significantly improve the quality of your drive. Better handling in all road types, longer tire life, and better gas mileage are some of the best reasons to pay attention to this service.

Rotation Patterns 101

Qualified mechanics, like those at Tamaroff Honda’s service center, know that tire rotation patterns are key and they can vary with different vehicles. Most tires require the front tires to move straight to the corresponding rear positions, while the rear tires are moved to the front, but crisscrossed. Specific tire types, like unidirectional tires, different sized tires, and some older tires have their own rules. The owner’s manual can provide insight into recommended patterns for your car.

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