The importance of tire rotation (Part 1)

August 3rd, 2016



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Tires should be rotated often, 3,000 to 5,000 miles whether or not they show obvious signs of wear. Tire rotation is best performed while your vehicle is off the ground, so you can have it done during oil changes. With your vehicle on the lift your tires can be inspected for damage and uneven wear, pressure and also the treads can be cleaned by removing stones and debris.

The tires on the front axle of your vehicle accomplish very different tasks than the tires on the rear axle. Tires on a front-wheel drive vehicle are responsible for steering and cornering and are more prone to wearing than those on a rear wheel drive vehicle. 

Signs that your vehicle needs tire rotation

Uneven tire wear 

This is the most conspicuous sign that you really need tire rotation. If you find that the tread depth is hugely different between the front and back tires that means the tires are wearing out unevenly. The tread blocks have rounded edges on one side and sharp edges on the exterior side.

Tire noise and vibration

There is increased road noise when tires have worn out unevenly. Vibration because of the road’s unevenness can be felt on the body of the car but it is most felt on the steering wheels, this is a challenge to handling.

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