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Ever wonder why regular tire rotation is such an important part of your maintenance routine and overall tire care? More likely than not, you get this service with each oil change at Auffenberg Ford Belleville, but why is tire rotation important? It extends the lifespan of your tires, ensures even wear, and helps keep you in control of the car.

What Does Rotating Your Tires Do?

In short, tire rotation prevents one tire from wearing out faster than the others. Every time you accelerate, brake, turn your wheel, and go around curves in Mascoutah, the friction between your tires and the road causes wear on your tires, but because your tires turn in different ways, they will wear unevenly. 

Different vehicles experience wear differently as well, largely depending on their drivetrain:

  • Front-Wheel Drive: With engine power delivered to the front wheels, your front tires will experience the most wear, and they will wear much more quickly.
  • Rear-Wheel Drive: The engine sends power to the rear wheels, meaning they take on the most wear. However, tires on RWD vehicles wear at a slower rate than those on FWD models.
  • Four-Wheel Drive: Power goes to all four wheels with four-wheel drive, which contributes to more even wear. However, many experts say the rear tires wear out faster.
  • Intelligent All-Wheel Drive: If your vehicle has advanced all-wheel drive, the system can send power to individual wheels as needed, which may result in very unbalanced wear of your four tires.

Why You Should Rotate Tires

While most drivers see rotating their tires as a way to get the most out of their investment, that's not the only reason to rotate tires.

  • Uneven tire wear, when unchecked, can lead to significantly different thicknesses of tire tread, impacting traction.
  • Treads of different thickness can cause a vehicle to handle unpredictably.
  • Much like driving on underinflated tires, driving on unevenly worn tires can impact the sidewall and risk a blowout.

How Often to Rotate Tires

You should rotate your tires every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, as a general rule of thumb. Many Columbia drivers often get a tire rotation with each oil change. While rotating your tires too often shouldn't cause a problem, you should check your owner's manual for all maintenance intervals, including how often to rotate tires.

Schedule Your Next Tire Rotation with Auffenberg Ford Belleville

Schedule your next tire rotation with Auffenberg Ford Belleville for convenient, quality service close to your Waterloo home! Feel free to get in touch with any questions, and check out more tire care advice, like how long to drive on a spare.