It’s easy to get so caught up in what’s under the hood on your vehicle that we forget the part that actually connects you to the road – your tires. While most of us are aware that we need to keep our tire pressure at proper levels, we often don’t consider the necessary steps to ensure that they wear out evenly.
A tire rotation service involves moving tires (typically the front tires to the rear, and the rear tires to the front) into different positions so that one set doesn’t wear out faster than the other. On almost all vehicles the stress your tires face isn’t distributed evenly throughout all four tires.
The main factor that impacts the wear on tires is the location of the vehicle’s drivetrain. If your vehicle has front-wheel-drive, your front tires will wear down more quickly because it’s your front tires that are responsible for transferring power to the road and for steering the vehicle. Rear-wheel-drive vehicles will have a more balanced wear given that the front wheels do the steering, and the rear wheels are providing the power. However, these two separate tasks will still create different wear patterns that require an occasional tire rotation. All-wheel-drive (four-wheel-drive) vehicles are the most important to have tires rotated on regularly. Many of these crossover all-wheel-drive vehicles will operate in front-wheel-drive a majority of the time, and uneven tread on these vehicles will cause the most unnecessary strain on the car’s drive-train.
When your car’s tires have uneven tread, you are significantly shortening the life of your tire. Extreme wear on just one or two of your vehicle’s tires can cause a blowout – which can be very dangerous on the road. Uneven wear, even if only minor differences, will give the driver less control of their vehicle, this is even more noticeable when the roads are wet. It is also important to note that failure to rotate your tires may void your tire’s warranty.
While all vehicles are different, tire rotation is generally called for every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. This will depend on the type of vehicle, the drivetrain, which rotation pattern is needed and how vigorously the vehicle is driven. To determine if it is time to have your tires rotated, and which rotation pattern is necessary, consult your vehicle’s manual or an expert vehicle technician.
At our Jiffy Lube locations in the Quad Cities, we have expert technicians trained on regularly rotating tires to evenly distribute wear - so you get the most miles out of your tires while maximizing traction on all four wheels and helping prevent flat tires. This is just another way that we can help you Leave Worry Behind!