Did you know front tires carry 60% of your vehicles weight?
Or that we take left turns faster than right turns?
Maybe that’s not news to you when you think about it, but after thousands of miles of driving, your tires wear differently from front to rear and left to right. That’s why the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association recommends tire rotation and promotes education about it during National Tire Safety Week.
Mainly, your going to extend the life of your tires by rotating them on a regular schedule. How often you should rotate them will be specified in your vehicle owner’s manual. The general rule is about every 5,000 miles and you should have your tires rotated and inspected during other maintenance activity like oil changes or brake replacement.
These days, many mid to high range vehicles come equipped with high performance tires, which wear differently than the tires on your sedan. So check the manual, any specific details important to the proper maintenance of your wheels and tires will be specified.
It’s also important to understand the type of rotation your tires require. For example, a vehicle would rotate tires front to back if the tires are asymmetrical or unidirectional; however, a car with staggered wheels, where the front tires and back tires are 2 different sizes, would be rotated side-to-side, not front to back.
If you’ve ever changed the oil in your car, this is probably a maintenance step you can perform yourself, however, $20 bucks or less will get the job done in faster order and with much less hassle. In fact, if you have a good mechanic, they will usually do this for no charge if you are having other work done (especially if the work requires the tires to come off anyways…)
Tire technology changes year by year, and making a tire purchase is an investment. By rotating your tires on a regular basis, you will help maximize the life of your tires and when the need to replace them arises, you be able to buy 4 tires at the same time, giving you access to the latest technology instead of trying to match the older tires on your vehicle to replace the ones that prematurely wore out; or worse, failed. There are also great deals from manufacturers when purchasing 4 new tires, so if you take proper care of your tires over time, you’ll save time and money in more ways than one.