Why Rotate Your Tires?
Most drivers pay little attention to their tires. While keeping your tires properly inflated to the manufacturer's recommended pressure is the most important tire maintenance task, rotating your tires regularly is a close second. The reason is tires wear differently depending on where they are located on the vehicle.
As the only part of the car that makes contact with the ground, good tire tread on all tires is critical to providing traction, handling, breaking and good ride quality. As tires naturally wear down, each tire will wear differently depending on a number of factors, including:
- Driving style
- Wheel alignment
- Road conditions
- Tire inflation
- Location - front or rear
- Vehicle loads
- Suspension condition
Any of the above factors can cause tires to wear unevenly. If the difference in wear is significant enough, the result can be blowouts, excessive noise, vibraton and a loss of traction and control of the vehicle.
Rotating the front and rear tires helps to even out the wear, preventing problems and extending the lifespan of the tires. If the spare tire is a standard size (not a temporary emergency tire) it can be rotated along with the other tires as long as it's the same size and kind of tire and is rotated from new along with the other four tires.
How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?
Generally, we recommend rotating tires every 5,000 - 6,000 miles. Some tires, such as sports cars with high performance tires may need more frequent rotation.
The next time your vehicle is at Parkway Auto Care, ask about our tire rotation and inspection. When we rotate your tires we will inspect the wheel and tire condition to ensure there are no defects that could lead to problems down the road.