Periodicly rotating your tires means you’ll have a longer tire life and better performance and it’s particularly important for front-wheel drive vehicles. This includes an evaluation of the appropriate rotation scheme for your vehicle and the removal and re-installation of tires.
Since tires are your car’s connection to the ground, they are bound to wear over time. However, different positions on the car in which tires are located, such as front right, front left, back right, and back left, wear the tires differently over time. In order to improve the longevity of your tires as well as keep them in optimum handling condition, the tires need to be rotated approximately every 5,000 to 7,000 miles.
For a front wheel drive car, the rotation is as follows: the front left tire moves to the back left, front right to back right, back left to front right, and back right to front left. A rear wheel drive car is similar but not the same: the back left tire moves to the front left, back right to front right, front left to back right, and front right to back left.
For cars with tires that have directional patterns, the front left tire simply switches with the back left and the front right switches with the back right. For different size tires in the front than the back in width or diameter, the front two tires can be switch with each other and the back two with each other.
Balancing your tires is important. If neglected, unbalanced tires leads to uneven wear, vibration and potentially unsafe driving conditions. Our technicians can help determine whether your tires need to be rotated and balanced based on wear or mileage.
Getting your tires balanced can mean:
- Smoother ride
- Increased comfort
- Less driver fatigue
- Enhanced tire wear
- Enhanced for tires and drivetrain components
Are you fighting with the steering wheel of a car that constantly tries to pull to the right or left? Are you noticing an unusual pattern of wear along the inside or outside edge of one or both front tires?
The obvious cause is your wheels are out of alignment and you need a wheel alignment. A vehicle with out-of-spec wheel alignment costs you money in terms of excessive tire wear and poor fuel economy; the wheel that’s skewed out at an angle is “dragged” and causes excess friction and rolling resistance. In addition, tire wear due to a poorly-aligned vehicle will negate a tire warranty.
Potholes and rough roads can be brutal on your car’s suspension and steering. Don’t drive around with a car that’s out of alignment! Give us a call to let our techs have a look! Schedule an appointment today!