How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?


How often should you rotate your tires?

Taking care of your tires is very essential to promote the lifespan and also longevity of your costly investment. The recommended rate of tire rotation is generally either every 7,500 miles or 6 months; whichever happens to come first. This is roughly about every other oil change. By rotating tires often, it allows the tire tread to wear evenly. For front-wheel-drive vehicles the weight of both engine and transmission is forced upon the two front tires; causing them to wear more quickly than the rears. Leaving the front tires uneven, which may decrease the traction and handling performance.  For the special few who are all-wheel-drive, such as Subaru, Mitsubishi, Audi and BMW your tire rotation is a little more lax.

Many all-wheel-drive vehicles can give you about 8 months before you need to rotate the tires; with also extended oil change period. If you aren’t sure you need a tire rotation just ask you mechanic to give it a look over at the next service. If you are unsure how often your tires should be rotated, check the owner’s manual. Misalignment and other mechanical problems can also cause poor tread wear. To insure proper installation take your vehicle trusted family mechanic, who you’ve dealt with prior. If you do not have a preferred shop, take it to a place where tire service can be done. Upon the vehicle's completion, take it for a test drive, insuring proper installation. Check for bubbles, weird noises that weren’t there prior and also the wheel alignment. By checking all those things it can insure you for the proper installation, and also to get the longest life out of the tires. Take the time to insure your tires are up to standards because they may one day save your life. Protect your investment, protect your vehicle and also insure your family safety. Drive with care.

 

- Demar Watson