Most manufacturers typically recommend that you have your tires rotated every six months or around every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. But if your car seems to be running fine, you may think, "why would I need that".
Why Tires Need to be Rotated
When you neglect to rotate your tires, they will wear down faster and unevenly. Because your front tires do most of the work when you accelerate or brake, they wear down quicker than the rear. For this reason, you should rotate your tires. Having this maintenance item done will improve the smoothness and quality of the ride. Additionally, the disproportionate areas on the tire can cause other issues like lower gas mileage and poor handling.
This optimization of tire wear will save you money in the long run. More importantly, it will increase the safety of you and your passengers by preventing the associated risks mentioned above.
What Happens During the Process?
- The technician will first inspect your tires for holes or punctures, which could occur from accidentally driving over pointy and sharp objects (i.e., nails, thumbtacks, glass). The tire specialist assessing your wheels will let you know their general condition and approximate their remaining lifespan.
- During the tire rotation, they will move the positions of the wheel, moving them left to right, front to the back, or sometimes diagonally.
- We will also monitor your tire pressure and adjust the psi to the manufacturer's recommendations.
- When your tires are removed, the mechanic has easy access to the brakes. A tire rotation presents an excellent opportunity to check your brakes as well.
- Last but not least, your technician can assess your alignment to ensure your tire angles are pointed straight.
If you know you need a tire rotation performed soon, we welcome you to bring your car, SUV, or truck into Kwik Kar Auto Repair today!