To many, tire rotation may seem entirely unnecessary. It’s often thought of as an additional expense that’s usually tacked on to an oil change or some other routine maintenance appointment. But the truth is that tire rotation is very important to the health of your vehicle and your safety. Many different factors go into tire wear and tear that results in flat or worn tires – bad driving habits, hazardous road conditions, improper inflation, and much more can all affect tire health. But tire rotation is a bigger necessity than we give it credit for.
So why, exactly, do we need to rotate our tires? The simple explanation is that, depending on your vehicle’s drive system, its weight is actually ever-so-slightly imbalanced; therefore, one side of the vehicle sits heavier on your tires than the other side. In order to combat the inevitable tread wear that comes as a result of this, tires should be regularly rotated by removing the tires from one side and moving them to the other side.
In order to stay one step ahead of tread wear and to keep your tires healthy, you should be rotating your tires at least every time you change your oil. This is somewhere in the ballpark of every 3-5 months of 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Some automakers say that much is not necessary, extending it to a 6-month or 7,500-mile period. This, of course, depends on whether you use front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive. AWD vehicles, because the power is more evenly distributed, can often wait longer for a rotation than other vehicles.
If you think it may be time for your vehicle to get a tire rotation, don’t hesitate to visit us at Bill Walsh Hub with any questions or concerns. We can schedule you in with one of our trained service members for a tire rotation and anything else your vehicle may need.