Overlooked Auto Services: Tire Rotation

From parallel parking to three-point turns, tires bear the brunt of a car’s overall wear and tear. Every time you turn your steering wheel, pressure bears down on the front tires. This resistance causes friction and ultimately, heat. The result: the front tires wear out more quickly than the rear tires.

In order to compensate for the uneven wear that your tires regularly undergo, rotate your tires on a routine basis. Scheduled maintenance, regular auto service, and tire rotation can help extend the capability of your tires and make sure your vehicle is in healthy condition.

By rotating your tires, you can equalize the tread wear and maximize the lifespan of your tires. Generally, tire rotation does not involve the following:

  • Exchanging tires on the same axle—for example, switching the rear tires left to right
  • Crisscrossing tires—moving a tire from the passenger’s side rear to the driver’s side front

Tires develop patterns as the age, and some of these patterns are related to the car’s suspension and alignment. Therefore, your mechanic will keep the tires on the same side of the car.

How often should you rotate your tires? Ask your local mechanic at Christian Brothers or refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for exact recommendations for your car’s make and model. On average, most manufacturers recommend rotating a car’s tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles.