Your vehicle’s tires are its only point of contact with the road. As you can imagine, tires will face wear and tear over time. Tire rotations are a very important part of routine vehicle maintenance because they give your tires the best chance at a long lifespan. To schedule your vehicle’s next tire rotation near Carlsbad, Temecula, or Oceanside, call our service department at Premier Chevrolet of Carlsbad.
What Are Tire Rotations?
You may be wondering, what exactly happens during tire rotation service? Well, a technician will switch the position of your tires in a certain pattern across the vehicle when you take your vehicle in for its routine tire rotation. This rotation allows for your tires to wear more evenly by switching their position on your vehicle. If your tires do not get rotated, they are more likely to face uneven wear in one area which makes them susceptible to damage such as blowouts.
The rotation pattern will depend on your vehicle. For example, tires on a vehicle with front-wheel drive are commonly rotated in an X pattern. An X pattern refers to switching the tires to the opposite axel and side of the vehicle.
How Often Do My Tires Need to Be Rotated?
Another question you may have is how often does your vehicle need its tires rotated. Like other service and maintenance routines, the frequency of tire rotations will depend on your specific vehicle. It will depend on your vehicle’s manufacturer, its tires, and whether your vehicle is all, four, front, or rear-wheel drive. A good rule of thumb that many technicians suggest is that a vehicle could need its tires rotated as often as it needs an oil change which is usually every 5,000 miles. To be sure, it’s always a good idea to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for its maintenance schedule.
Why Is It Important to Rotate Your Tires?
Tire rotations maximize the tread life of your tires by allowing for even wear. As we mentioned above, neglecting to rotate a vehicle’s tires creates uneven wear because tires in certain positions face more friction than others. Uneven tire wear can also be contributed to having more weight on the front or rear axels, mechanical problems, or even how tightly you turn in either direction.
So, why is it important for your vehicle’s tires to wear evenly? Well, when your tires are rotated and can wear evenly, your vehicle will have improved braking, performance, and handling. The biggest reason why tire rotations are important, however, is that they help to keep your vehicle safe. Tires with uneven wear and tear are at risk for damage that can result in dangerous situations and costly repairs. To sum it up, tire rotations are important because they help to keep you safe and they extend the life of your tires.
To schedule a tire rotation at Premier Chevrolet of Carlsbad, give our service department a call or use our online service scheduler.