Have you heard about the importance of rotating your tires? Are you unclear about when and how you should rotate them? If you’re ever in doubt, this is something that you can just take your car into the shop for. However, if you’re it a do-it-yourselfer, or just want to be sure your mechanic is doing what you want, here’s a rundown.
When do you rotate your tires?
Your vehicle’s parts will wear down over time. This is something that is unavoidable. Your tires are included in this. However, there are some things you can do to help reduce the wear on your tires, such as rotating them. Tire rotation is a good way to slow the aging process of your tires and help them last longer for the full life of the tires.
When you change the position of your tire, the wear becomes even, instead of focus just on one spot. This means the tires wear evenly and will last you longer overall. Most people drive their vehicles every day, so how do you know when you need to rotate?
There are different factors to consider. For example, if your vehicle has a full-sized spare, you might do a 5-tire rotation where you work the spare into the tire rotation as well. You should also consider if you have a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle as this affects the wear on the tires, too. Check your owner’s manual to see if they recommend how you should rotate your tires.
As for how often, most experts suggest as least once a year, on the same day as your oil maintenance. Others say you should do it twice a year if you change your oil every six months. Some vehicles can go more than 15,000 miles without needing an oil change but that is too long for rotating your tires. Your owner’s manual may give you a recommendation when it comes to tire rotations.
If you’re in the area, stop by and see us at Chrysler of Culpeper. We’ll be happy to see you and show you around.