our car has many parts requiring regular maintenance to help ensure the long life of your car, as well as your own safety on the road. Tires are literally where the rubber meets the road; they're essential to your car's ability to move—and stop—efficiently.
Tires need to be checked and rotated regularly as part of regular vehicle maintenance
Tires are made from rubber. Although it is a tough material, rubber wears out over time. Therefore, it is critical to check your tires for wear.
Tires will wear differently depending of their location on your car. For example, your front tires work with the steering wheel to turn your car. The turning will result in sections of your tires wearing out at different rates. By rotating your tires, from front to rear or left to right, the wear pattern evens out, helping to extend the life of your tires.
Safecar.gov advises that tires should be rotated every 5,000 miles, although that may vary. Every tire manufacturer has a different recommended schedule for tire rotation, so be sure to check your owner's manual. It's important to follow the manufacturer's suggestions whether or not you notice any wear on your tires.
In addition, frequency of tire rotation can depend on your driving habits. You may need to rotate your tires more frequently if you drive more often.
The correct way to rotate your tires depends on the type of vehicle. Here's a basic guide, with an explanation below:
|Your Vehicle Type
|Rear & Four-Wheel Drive
||Rearward Cross or X
||Forward Cross or X
||Front to Rear
||Side to Side
While you can rotate your own tires if you have the proper tools and jack, it's always a good idea for people to use a professional to do the job. Not only is it safer, but rotating tires is dirty and tires are very heavy. When you take your car in for an oil change, you can ask for the dealership or fast-lube shop to rotate your tires, as well. It's also smart to check your car's alignment while rotating the tires.
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