How Often to Rotate Tires?
One of the most important, yet most ignored maintenance items is tire rotation. Not only is it important for the maintenance of your tires to rotate them, it is important for the longevity of your car. According to research, it is important to rotate your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles; or around every 6 months when you do general maintenance on your vehicle. A typical tire rotation involves moving front tires to the rear and rear to the front, where one pair of tires changes sides. For example, when the front tires move to the back, what was on the right goes to the left, what was on the left goes to the right. Believe it or not, there is a purpose to rotating your tires often. We get into that below.
Purpose of Tire Rotation
There are many reasons why tire rotation is necessary for your vehicle. Rotating your tires every 6 months or so ensures that the tires wear evenly; which means an extended tire life. Something to note also is that it will save you money on having to replace your tires if you do not keep up with maintenance. Because tire rotation only costs $20-$40 and is oftentimes free when you take your vehicle in for routine maintenance. By rotating your tires is important because your drive tires (front tires) work harder than the others. By rotating, you distribute the burden among all four tires and ensure they wear down easily.
However, failing to rotate tires on a front-wheel-drive vehicle will result in your front tires having significantly less tread than the rear tires. In fact, if you do not rotate your tires, it makes them more difficult to control, especially when road conditions are wet. Tread cupping can also be a huge issue if you do not rotate your tires. Tread cupping can cause high noise levels and cause vibrations and it is an unusual wear patterns that can be eliminated by rotating your tires. Which means, you are less likely to have a tire blowout on the road, thus avoiding an accident.
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Things to Consider
There are a few things to consider when it comes time to rotating your tires. For instance, staggered wheels that are found on larger tires makes front-to-rear rotation impossible. With these wheels, it is necessary for rotation to be from side-to-side.
- Dually trucks and trucks with dual rear tires on each side may require all six of the tires in the rotation pattern
- Studded winter tires should never be switched from left to right
- Certain tires that come with tire pressure monitoring systems may require a reset in order to display tire pressures properly after rotation
- Rotating your tires every 6 months is key to getting the best performance from your tire and your vehicle overall
- Along with routine maintenance, it keeps your car stable, keeps handling predictable, and facilitates safe maneuvering
Tire rotation will not correct uneven wear that is caused by previous suspension, alignment, or inflation problems.
Make sure you are properly rotate your tires every 5,000-8,000 miles (or 6 months, whichever comes first). This will help your car and tires will last longer. Which, in the long run, is better for you. It means saving money on brand-new tires and overall maintenance in general. Make sure to keep all service records in your glove box.
Doing everything we can to prevent an accident is key to road safety. Tire rotation plays a big part in that. However, if you have been injured in an accident, contact us to discuss your case. Consultations with an accident attorney in our office are free!