Tires do not wear in an even manner, so it is best to take the proper steps to ensure all four tires wear as evenly as possible. Tire rotation allows you to extend the overall life of your tires. It will not only help your tires last longer, but your truck will also perform better, it will feel better on the road, and you’ll save money because your tires will last longer.
Tires Wear At Different Rates
Tires can wear at various rates for many different reasons.
For example, when a car turns, more pressure is put on the front tires, particularly the one that faces in the same direction that the turn does. In particular, front-engined vehicles place a great deal of stress on their front wheels, and that causes them to wear out a lot faster than the rear tires. Brakes have an effect as well.
The weight distribution of the back and front tires also are distinctly different, as most trucks (unladen) are nose-heavy by design. Mechanical problems such as faulty alignment and worn front end parts may cause uneven wear also. For example, when a wheel is out of alignment it wears out much more quickly than the others. Under or over inflation can have an effect as well.
These factors all may be negated occasionally by tire rotation on a regular basis.
Rotating the tires on your vehicles is an important component to tire longevity and proper vehicle operation. When your tires have unusual wear, it can decrease fuel economy, cause the suspension on your vehicle to wear faster, and also impair the responsiveness of your vehicle to dangerous driving conditions.
Let’s discuss each of these topics in a bit more detail to learn more about why it is so important to properly rotate your tires on a regular basis.
Tire Rotation Every 5,000 Miles
Most tire and vehicle manufacturers recommend that you rotate your tires every 5,000 or 6,000 miles. There are numerous factors that may cause the wear and tear to occur unevenly on your tires. Most of these factors do not have anything to do with the quality of your tires. For example, most vehicles have the engine in front, over the front wheels, contributing to a nose-heavy condition, that will cause most of the work to be done by your front tires as they support the vehicle and steer.
Rotating your back and front tires on a regular basis will even out the wear and tear out on each of the tires. If you do not rotate your tires on a regular basis, then you start seeing accelerated wear to just one axle. By failing to rotate your tires on a regular basis, you are just flushing your money down the drain.
Alignment And Suspension Component Wear
Also, your vehicle’s alignment and suspension wear will heavily play into the way tires wear in regular, daily driving conditions. There are certain types of suspension problems that result in varying pulls and tugs on your tires while you are braking and accelerating. Rotating your tires on a regular basis will even out effects that the suspension on your vehicle has on your tires. Regular tire rotation can also make it more enjoyable to drive your car.
Make An Appointment Now For Tire Rotation
Regular tire rotation helps to extend your tires’ overall life, which in the long run will save you money. If you make sure to never skip this item on your maintenance checklist, it will mean you can enjoy the best possible lifespan of your expensive tires, as well as increased safety and driving comfort and satisfaction.
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