Your Guide to Tire Rotation

June 4, 2019

Rotating your car’s tires is not something to take lightly, and certainly not to forget. This key part of auto maintenance helps make up for minor variations on your car’s makeup and can improve the safety of your vehicle in addition to increasing the lifespan of your tires and other internal car parts. This guide will help you understand the ins and outs of tire rotation in Gaithersburg, MD so you can keep on driving a dependable vehicle.

Tire Rotation

Understanding Tire Rotation

Tire rotation is an essential piece to regular maintenance that you should never forgo. A good mechanic will be able to track your rotation history and make sure you know when it’s time to rotate, often done alongside other regular maintenance when you’ve already brought your car in to the shop, negating the need for yet another trip. The actual act of rotating tires is exactly what it might sound like: tires are switched from the front to rear and the left to the right sides of your car by an experienced mechanic.

The Downfalls of Not Maintaining Tires

Tires wear down differently from one another. This may not be apparent from your place in the driver seat, or even with your own eye, but it’s true. Wear on tires comes from driving and is very natural, as is the uneven distribution of wear, thus creating a need for regular tire rotation.

Uneven weight distribution is the main cause of tire wear and is key to understanding why they wear. For example, front-wheel drive vehicles will wear down the front tires faster and rear-wheel drive vehicles the rear tires. Similarly, applying your brakes shifts the car’s weight onto the front part of your vehicle, creating a regular source of pressure on your front tires not felt by the rear tires.

Not rotating your tires will cause some to wear faster than others. While it may not be evident while walking to and from your vehicle, it will take a toll on your car.

What If I’m Still Not Convinced?

Rotating your tires can improve your daily driving in a few ways. Tires that are routinely rotated will last longer as their rotation means that they’ll wear evenly, despite varying weight distribution. This in turn means that your car will be safer for you to drive and should reduce any worrying you may be doing about the condition of your tires. With regular maintenance, mechanics can help you rotate your tires and extend the life of you and your tires.

Don’t Skip Out On Your Tires

While many parts of your car give off a fair warning when they fail (like odd smells, noises, and warning lights), worn down tires live a much more subtle life. Without proper rotation, tires are accidents waiting to happen, and when you get a blown tire while cruising down the highway, you’ve waited too long to rotate. Choisser Import Auto Services can help you be proactive with your tire rotation in Davidsonville, MD. Call us today to schedule your next maintenance appointment.

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