Understanding the Importance of Tire Rotations
A critical component in your vehicle’s health, performance, and efficiency is getting regular tire rotation service. Why in the world should I worry about a tire rotation? Well, the ASE-Certified auto mechanics at CARS of America, Inc. know auto repair and that whether you’re in Glenview or the surrounding area, it’s important to the life of your tires to do just that. CARS of America, Inc. is committed to prolonging the life of your tires, and that’s why we recommend a regular schedule when it comes to tire rotation. What is a tire rotation? A tire rotation is when your vehicle's tires are moved from their current position on the vehicle to another. The front tires will move to the rear, and the rear tires will move to the front. The tires are typically put back on the vehicle in a cross-diagonal direction, meaning they also change sides. Your vehicle carries more weight at the front, so front tires will typically wear out faster. Tire rotation is done to prevent the uneven wear this can cause and help extend your tires' lives.
Your vehicle's tires should be rotated at the same interval you get an oil change. The guidelines in your vehicle’s owner manual offer timing as well as the best rotation pattern for your vehicle and type of tires. The tires are the only part of the car, making direct contact with the road and influencing your vehicle handling, ride, braking, and overall safety. In addition to having your tires rotated, our mechanics are inspecting them for optimum performance. This means we will be sure to inspect that your tires have the correct air pressure, tread depth, balance, proper alignment, and regular rotation.
Benefits of Regular Tire Rotations
Extend Tire Tread — When tires are not rotated regularly, your tires will wear unevenly and cause many problems. Uneven tire wear will affect the performance of your tires and the handling of your vehicle. Worn tires become unstable and make driving dangerous. Uneven tire wear is the most common sign you can recognize to know your tires need to be rotated. The simple truth is that by rotating your tires, your tires will last longer.
Maximize Your Vehicle's Performance — Your tires contribute to how effectively your vehicle performs. Getting your tires rotated will help your vehicle be more efficient, provide a smoother and more comfortable ride, and extend your tires' life.
Increased Gas Mileage. Worn tires can actually put a strain on your engine and can increase your fuel consumption. When you rotate tires regularly, it decreases the amount of work it takes for the vehicle to drive and actually helps the engine run more smoothly and efficiently, decreasing the amount of gas it takes to move the vehicle.
Savings — You will be saving time and money by getting your tires properly rotated because not only will you save on fuel cost, but you are delaying the need to buy new tires.
When you commit to a regular tire rotation schedule, it significantly extends your tires' life by helping to create even tire wear. Not to get too techy, but the real reason is that most vehicles are front-wheel drive, so the front tires do 100% of the steering, 80% of the braking, and 100% of the acceleration, i.e., 95% of the work. This causes the front tires to wear much faster than the rear tires. Tire and Vehicle engineers recommend the deepest tread depth on the rear to prevent hydroplaning in the rain. Like ALL preventive maintenance, rotating every 6,000 miles keeps the tread wear even. By taking proper care of your tires with proper rotation, you will have safe driving on your travels, better fuel economy, and extended tire life. When was the last time you had your tires rotated? If you need a tire rotation, don’t delay; visit our auto repair shop or schedule an appointment today!