Rotate Your Tires to Save Money!
10 Aug 2017
Tire maintenance is a really smart thing that you should get done to save money. The tires on your vehicle wear down at different rates. By rotating your tires, you can make your tires last for a bigger amount of miles!
Tire rotation refers to the practice of moving the tires on a car or truck to a different axle location. This will make the tires treads wear more evenly. Rotating tires saves money by extending the aggregate life of a tire set. Even though it is a tried and true concept, it’s amazing that more people do not rotate their tires. Funny thing is, tire rotation is the bread and butter activity at many car dealers and it really isn’t expensive. Accordingly, here are a few things to know about the practice.
Front and rear tires wear at different rates. Typically, front tires carry more than 60% of the weight of your car and do the majority of the work propelling the vehicle (specifically in front-wheel-drive cars’ cases). This means that front tires typically wear down faster than rear ones. Another insight, U.S drivers tend to take left turns faster than right turns and this wears right tires down more than left (the weight shifts to the opposite side while turning). By rotating tires, you may equalize the wear so that all tires wear at about at the same rate. You may also be able to stop any steering wheel shaking that’s happening because the tires wore down. It is easy.
Rotating Directional Tires
There is a thing as directionality on Tire Planet. Directional tires have a one-way tread pattern that is optimized for the direction the tires rotate. The tires are thus optimized for either the right or left sides. How do you know what direction they should be turning? There are small triangles or arrows on the sidewall that indicate the direction they should be turning. To perform tire rotation with directional tires on a vehicle, mechanics switch the front right tire for the rear right tire, and the front left tire for the rear left tire.
Rotation of Non-directional Tires
The tread pattern on non-directional tires is made so that the tire can be mounted on the wheel for any rotation direction. So you can switch the side the tires are on when you rotate them (in other words, from left to right), if you would like to do so.
How Often Is Tire Rotation Necessary?
Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the maker’s recommended rotation schedule. Many vehicle manufacturers recommend that tires be rotated every 5,000 miles or so. Quite a number of people rotate their tires each time they change their oil so 5,000 miles is a great interval to strive for. We encourage you to head to this Jenkintown, PA Dodge dealer when your maintenance is due!
So that’s our pitch. Do not leave money on the table and compromise the safety of your car. Rotate your tires periodically!