What is a Tire Rotation? Why Every Driver Needs Tire Maintenance
What is a tire rotation, and why do I need one? This is a question many drivers ask themselves at one point or another. On top of all the maintenance required to keep your car running smoothly, proper tire care is essential for optimal performance.
This month, the National Transmissions & Auto Care Center team looked at the importance of tire rotations and why every motorist can benefit from regular tire maintenance. Read on to learn more!
Why Should I Rotate My Tires?
A tire rotation is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to extend the life of your tires. Unlike flossing day and night, a tire rotation is necessary preventative maintenance you only need to perform a few times a year.
How Tire Rotations Work
When you service your car for a tire rotation, all four tires are moved into different positions on your vehicle to promote even treading. No matter how you drive your car, front and rear tires can wear down at different rates. For instance, tires mounted on the power axle (the front two wheels on a front-wheel drive) wear more quickly than the “free rolling” tires on the other axle.
The purpose of a tire rotation is to even out wear so that you get the most mileage and tread life from every tire on your vehicle. Regular rotations are crucial for vehicles with all-wheel drive because any significant difference in tread depths is a sign that you will eventually need four new tires, or else you’re risking a hefty repair bill.
How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?
The average driver should rotate their tires every 5,000 miles, or at least every six months. For more aggressive drivers that plow through potholes and debris, it is recommended that you service your tires more often.
The purpose of a rotation is to catch irregular wear early before a problem occurs. Going too long in between tire rotations can result in a wear pattern that can’t be fixed, no matter where the tire is moved on the vehicle. In this instance, your tires could wear out prematurely.
Pro Tip: For drivers with only one set of tires, here are some fool-proof ways to get a time estimate on rotations:
- Keep an eye out for your odometer and service your tires every 5,000 miles.
- Set a reminder on your phone or calendar for rotation at least twice a year.
- Sync rotations that align with daylight savings time, to standard time and back.
- Reach out to your tire store; some businesses will email you a service reminder in advance.
- After your vehicle has been serviced for tire rotation, note that you may notice a stiffer or noisier ride. This is due to your tire’s tread wear pattern evening out. If your ride continues to be uncomfortable, it may be a sign of irregular wear and your tires need to be replaced.
Save Money with Proper Tire Maintenance
A tire rotation is easy preventative maintenance that will prolong tread life and save you from costly repairs down the line. Practicing proper tire maintenance at least twice a year can also help your mechanic pinpoint other issues before damage occurs.
Irregular wear detected during your rotation can be a red flag for poor alignment. This impacts how your car handles, reduces fuel efficiency, and needs to be fixed as soon as possible. For best results, don’t delay tire rotations.
Affordable Auto Repair and Maintenance Solutions in Palm Beach County
At National Transmissions & Auto Care Centers, our team brings years of experience servicing vehicles across Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, and the surrounding areas of Palm Beach County. Whether you need professional auto repair or regular tire maintenance, we can help.
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Prolong the life of your car tires with rotation services from National Transmissions & Auto Care Centers. For more information on tire rotations, tire maintenance, and repair services, give us a call today or visit one of our three shops located in Palm Beach County.
West Palm Beach Center: 561-530-4497
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