The Importance Of Rotating Your Tires

September 27th, 2021 by

Mechanic changes a tire in a repair shop

Today’s tires are engineered to put up so little trouble, drivers often forget about how important it is to still care for them. You might ask, why is it so important to rotate my tires? First, you need to understand what a tire rotation service actually is. Simply, tires are moved to a different location on the vehicle to ensure the tread is worn evenly.

How it’s Done

Not only does this simple service prolong your use of the tire, but it will save you time and money. Not to mention, it keeps drivers and passengers safe out on the road. Usually, one set of tires will change sides, while the other will stay on their side. So, if the rear tires are moved to the front, the left side would be moved to the right, and the right tire would be moved to the left. The service is typically completed every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, but it also depends on the vehicle, so be sure to read up on your owner’s manual.

Front-Wheel Drive

If you drive a front-wheel-drive vehicle, during a tire rotation service, the front tires are moved to the rear, and the rear tires are moved to the front. As you would expect, the front tires wear down quicker than the rear tires. They should also be placed on the opposite side of the car.

Rear-Wheel Drive

The process of a tire rotation service for a rear-wheel drive vehicle is opposite of a front-wheel drive. The rear tires are moved to the front, but they stay on the same side, and the front tires are moved to the rear, but they do switch sides. The left rear tire will be moved to the right rear, while the right rear tire will be moved to the left rear.

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All-Wheel Drive

An all-wheel drive tire rotation is the same as the front-wheel drive. The front right tire will be shifted to the left rear, the front left tire will be moved to the right rear, and the rear tires will assume their sides, but move up to the front.

In need of a tire rotation service? Head over to your trusted Fredericksburg service center, Safford Kia of Fredericksburg!

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