Rotating the tires on your vehicle is the process of changing their position periodically from the front to the back or from one side to the other. This is an important aspect of vehicle maintenance that should not be overlooked, as it provides several crucial benefits for your car:
- Better handling
Tire rotation will help you keep a good balance on the handling of your vehicle, while also maintaining better traction with the ground. This is especially important when you’re driving in wet, slick or snowy conditions.
- Maintain warranties
Depending on the type of warranty your tires have, regular rotations might be required to keep those warranties valid. Any time you purchase new tires from a tire service in Riverside, CA, make sure you ask about warranty information so you don’t accidentally void the warranty with your maintenance habits (or lack thereof). The last thing you want is to suddenly have to purchase new tires, only to find the warranty you thought you had is no longer valid because you failed to engage in regular tire rotation.
- Tire wear
Rotating your tires helps even out the natural wear and tear your tires experience over time. By allowing all of your tires to work in every one of the vehicle’s four different positions, you’ll allow them to wear more evenly across the whole tread pattern, which helps extend their lifespan.
There is some science behind why these rotations are so important, as well. For instance, the tires on the front axle of your vehicle will have to accomplish very different tasks than the tires on the rear axle, and front-wheel drive tires must also respond differently than those on a rear-wheel drive vehicle.
Ideally you would have all four tires wear evenly, but the fact is that each tire has its own purpose and will wear differently based on the kind of vehicle and your driving habits. Without rotation, even wear becomes impossible to achieve, meaning you will burn through tires much faster than necessary.
Getting your tires rotated
We typically recommend you rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. With most vehicles these days being able to have their oil changed every 7,000 miles or so, those oil changes present an ideal time to perform your tire rotation.
The process is best performed while the vehicle is off the ground, which is another reason why it makes sense to have it done during an oil rotation. This also gives the technicians a chance to inspect the tires for damage or uneven wear and tear, while also checking the tread depth and tire pressure and removing any debris caught in between the treads.
For more information about the importance of regular tire rotations in Riverside, CA, we encourage you to contact Reliable Tire Center today and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and to schedule your next service appointment, during which we will analyze your tires and make any adjustments needed to maximize their lifespan.
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