Why do I have to rotate my tires?
Tire rotation frequency
Rotating your tires is like exercise. It's one of those things that everyone knows they should do -- but they still might not always do it. Here's why you should rotate your tires every 3,000 - 5,000 miles:
- Helps maintain your vehicle's handling and safety
- Helps the tires wear more evenly, so they last longer
- Many tire warranties require tire rotation to keep the warranty valid
How tires wear
As you drive your vehicle, your tires will inevitably wear. The placement and extent of the wear depends on a few factors, like the tire's position on the vehicle. Each axle has different external forces to deal with -- for example, in a front-wheel drive vehicle, the front tires are exposed to more intense forces than the back tires. So the front tires on a front-wheel drive car will show more wear than the front tires on a rear-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle.
If your tires wear unevenly, you may eventually need to replace one or two while the others are still perfectly fine. Uneven tire wear can also affect the stability and handling of your vehicle. If your tires are unevenly worn, they may not respond as quickly and this can jeopardize your vehicle's safety.
How tire rotation can help
Rotating your tires regularly helps to evenly distribute tire wear. This will prevent one or two of your tires from becoming significantly more worn than the others -- so ultimately, it prolongs the lives of all your tires. Tire rotation can also help keep your tire warranty valid, because many manufacturers require you to rotate your tires.
For the best results, you should rotate your tires every 3,000 - 5,000 miles. To make it easy to remember, just have them rotated every time you get your oil changed. Use the TireBuyer Installer Locator to find a tire shop near you that can do both!
If your tires are showing severe signs of wear, you should have your mechanic check them for mechanical issues. If no mechanical issues can be found, the wear may simply be a result of your driving style. In this case you may want to have your tires rotated more frequently than the standard 3,000 - 5,000 miles.
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