Prairie Post (West Edition)

Why is tire rotation so important?


Vehicle owners need to keep maintenanc­e on the mind to ensure their cars and trucks are operating at peak capacity. Various components should be checked and serviced at key intervals. Oil changes and fluid top-offs are part of routine maintenanc­e, but it can be easy to forget about other important parts of the vehicle, including tires.

Rotating tires is vital to their upkeep. Bridgeston­e Tires advises that tire rotation involves routinely reposition­ing a vehicleÕs tires in specific patterns from front to back and side to side. According to Big O Tires, the front tires tend to wear on the outside edges because the tire leans over when a driver turns a corner. The rear tires just follow the front ones, so they usually wear more evenly. By leaving tires in place, the outside edges on the front tires will wear down much faster than the rest and those tires will need to be replaced sooner. Rotation may be required by tire warranties. Rotation also keeps the tires working properly.

Experts generally advise tire rotation every 6,000 to 8,000 miles, even if they do not show any signs of wear. It is challengin­g to determine if weather treads are uneven or how much wear has been sustained just by looking at them. Rotating tires can prolong the life of tires and decrease how frequently they need to be replaced.

Rotating tires keeps the tread depth uniform and helps maintain traction and consistent handling across all four tires. Bridgeston­e says the tire rotation pattern that is best for a particular vehicle depends on the type of tire being used. Patterns are recommende­d by the standardiz­ing body of the tire industry, called The Tire and Rim Associatio­n, Inc. Individual­s can consult with profession­al mechanics about the proper way to rotate tires. Many tire manufactur­ers or automotive stores that have sold customers tires also will do tire rotations Ñ some free of charge.

In addition to proper traction, minimizing uneven tire treads causes the vehicle to be more balanced, advises Wrench, a mobile auto repair and maintenanc­e company. This enables the driver to have more control even when roads are slippery. Many auto service centers will then align and balance tires after they have been rotated. At this time the mechanic will likely check brakes as well, since it is easy to see and reach them when the tires are off.

Tire rotation is an important component of vehicle maintenanc­e. Check with a qualified automotive profession­al to see if itÕs time to have your vehicleÕs tires rotated.

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