How often do I need to rotate my tires?
Tire rotation, like the alignment and wheel balance discussed in the last two blogs, has the same purpose of extending the overall life of the tires. Tire rotation ensures even wear and maintains consistent performance in the vehicle. Manufacturers have different guidelines for tire rotation, depending if your vehicle is front-wheel, rear-wheel, or four-wheel drive, which affects the stress on the tires.
Tire rotations are usually recommended about every 5,000 miles, so as a general rule, it makes sense to rotate the tires with an oil change, but check your owner’s manual or ask your service advisor. If your tires are making a “thumping” noise, they made need to be replaced or need servicing immediately.
Keep in mind if you have a front-wheel drive vehicle and all four tires are the same size, each tire is responsible for carrying a different load and be faced with different situations. The front tires are responsible for carrying more than 60 percent of the car’s weight, putting the power of the engine to the road, all of the steering and about 80 percent of the braking. That makes the rotation of those tires very important!
For more answers to “When do I need new tires?” (click here) to tune into Jaffarian’s You Tube Channel for informative “How To” videos. At Jaffarian, we want to help you extend the life of your vehicle and the life of your tires. Following the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle will help.
Additionally, be sure to keep your tire pressure at the manufacturer’s recommendation, usually found based on a label on the inside of the driver’s door and in your owner’s manual. You may notice tire pressure lights coming on during seasonal changes as tire pressure is affected. If you are not sure how to check your tire pressure, come into the Jaffarian Service Department and let us show you. It is easy and important for any driver to know how to do.
If you take good care of your tires, they will take care of you with a safer, smoother ride!