Even tire wear is a good thing; it helps maintain a consistent performance from you car. Tire rotation helps protect your tires against uneven wear.
How tires wear unevenly:
Most tires will show signs of wear based on a variety of reasons: total miles driven, driving styles and habits, wheel alignment, and tire location on the vehicle. Some wear and tear is due to simple every day reasons, such as how tires handle right turns versus left turns. Left turns are gentler. Right turns are harder. And no, we're not about to suggest that you avoid right turns.
Front tires versus rear tires:
Some of the wear and tear is due simply to the way cars are designed. For example, the weight of your front and rear axles differs. Most cars are front-engine cars. So the front axle typically bears more weight than the rear axle. Though this weight difference in cars is natural, without tire rotation, it causes uneven wear.
With tire rotation, wheels are moved from one position on the car, to another. This ensures even tire wear. By moving (rotating) the tires as recommended by the vehicle manufacturers, tires may wear more evenly and help extend the life of your tires. Car manufacturers actually recommend a specific tire rotation frequency and pattern. Check your manual for more guidance, or ask one of our technicians for advice.
Our tire rotation service includes:
- We check your tire pressure
- We inspect tires to identify visible damage or abnormal wear patterns
- We follow the recommendations by the vehicle's manufacturer when deciding the pattern of tire rotation
- We install lug nuts/bolts to the proper torque specifications