All Things Tire Rotation

Having your tires rotated is a necessary part of vehicle maintenance. It’s something we typically tack onto our oil change service. But what is it really? What does it do for your car? And how often should it really be performed? Let’s find out.

Why is tire rotation important?

Tire rotation is routine maintenance that ultimately helps maximize the longevity of your tires. Spreading out the wear will also increase overall tread life. As you drive, each tire position requires different give from that tire, so some tires may receive more daily wear than the rest. Periodic rotations will help each tire get a different wear than it normally does, which will even out the wear on each tire.

Spreading out the wear will also keep tread depth on your tires more uniform. This will help keep traction even on all tires. Having consistent traction will improve braking performance, turning corners, and overall vehicle safety.

If your vehicle has all-wheel-drive, having even wear on your tires will reduce the stress and wear on expensive components.

What is tire rotation?

During a tire rotation, each tire and wheel is removed from your vehicle and moved to a different position. During tire rotation, each tire will also be inspected for damage, air pressure, and tread depth.

How often should this maintenance be performed?

It’s recommended to get a tire rotation every 6 months or every 6,000-8,000 miles. An easy way to keep track is to get a tire rotation with every other oil change. Getting regular tire rotations will help extend the life of your tires and improve their performance.

Rotation Patterns

There are multiple tire rotation patterns that can be followed. The best pattern for your vehicle will be determined by the type of tires you have and your type of vehicle. If your vehicle has a full-size spare tire, this should be rotated along with the other 4 to ensure even wear to this tire as well. This will be vital for vehicles with all-wheel or 4-wheel drive to avoid unnecessary strain on your car’s drivetrain.

When you’re ready for your next tire rotation, come into Performance Auto and our trained professionals will determine the best rotation pattern for your individual vehicle!


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