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Everything You Need to Know About Tire Rotation

Auto mechanic working on car tires

Tires are, in many ways, the things that make the world go 'round. They're also pretty crucial for the safety and reliability of your car. They're also a fairly significant investment. With tires being such a critical piece of the transportation puzzle, it's smart to understand tire rotation and everything that goes into it.

Tire Rotation: FAQs

The first thing you need to know about tire rotation is that it's not something you have to do yourself. Auto repair experts have all the tools and know-how to get the job done safely, quickly, and efficiently--so all you need to do is understand what's happening to your car (and when to take it in for a little TLC).

Here are the most important things to know about tire rotation!

#1: Why should you get your tire rotated?

Tire rotation is a critical part of overall car maintenance. It minimizes the wear on the tires, helps them last longer, and keeps your car's safety, and performance levels high. If you don't rotate them on a regular schedule, you can experience uneven wear and, ultimately, a bumpier ride. Not rotating your tires will likely mean you'll need to replace them more often. 

#2: How often should you have it done?

Different types of vehicles--that is, 2WD, 4WD, and AWD--wear down tires at different rates, which means tire rotation should be done at different times. A general rule of thumb for any vehicle is to plan a tire rotation every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. A simple way to remember when to do it is to have them rotated whenever you get your oil changed. 

#3: What does it entail?

Depending on what type of vehicle you have, your mechanic will swap your tires differently. There are "patterns" of change--all influenced by how your specific vehicle operates--that help balances out the wear and tear put on each tire. Luckily, as long as your mechanic knows what they're doing, you don't have to remember any specifics!

Is it time to get your tires rotated? Need help repairing or maintaining your vehicle? Contact us today!