If you hear the words “tire rotation,” you might be think that tires rotate all of the time as they roll down the road. But rotating your tires actually means moving them from one wheel to another, from left to right or back to front or diagonally.
The question is why do you need to rotate your tires? The easy answers is because tires wear unevenly. Usually the front tires wear on the outside because the tire leans over when you turn a corner. The back tires tend to wear more evenly. If you don’t rotate your tires, those outside edges on the front tires will wear down much faster than the rest and you’ll nee to replace those tires much sooner than if you rotate them.
Rotating tires will keep your tires from wearing unevenly and make your ride smoother and handling safer. While it’s not always necessary, you will increase your tires’ life by rotating them and save you money in buying new tires. Most manufacturers recommend you have your tires rotate don the same schedule as oil changes, which makes it convenient since most places who change your oil can also rotate your tires.
What happens during a tire rotation?
- Each tire and wheel is removed from your vehicle and moved to a different position
- Air pressure is checked and adjusted as necessary
- Brakes are checked while the tires are off and it’s easy to see and reach them.
If you have any questions about rotating your tires, TLC can handle your questions so please give us a call!