Some of the most regularly heard auto repair myths involve a standard maintenance service: tire rotation.
Today, our car shop in Colorado Springs will set the record straight. Here are three tire rotation myths, busted by our auto repair experts.
1. There is only one “right way” to rotate your tires
Actually, there are multiple applicable rotation patterns. Is your car real or four-wheel drive? The tires will be rotated in an X-pattern. Does your car have front-wheel drive? Our ASE-certified technicians will pull your front wheels to the back, then switch the right and left front wheels’ positions.
2. Only the car’s drive affects the rotation pattern
This is where the third rotation pattern comes into play! Radial tires on some vehicles must be rotated on the same side from rear to front. Why do radial tires affect the pattern? Because of the cord plies’ 90-degree design.
Cord plies are a network of strong cords, which give the tire shape and reinforce its strength. Radial tires have cords running in a different direction than standard tires, and must be rotated accordingly.
3. Don't worry about the spare tire
If you drive a larger vehicle, it’s likely your spare is full-size. If this is the case, let your technician know and we’ll replace one tire with the spare, putting another into the spare tire storage position.
While donut spares and run-flat spare tires do not need to be put into the rotation, your full-size matching spare tire needs to be maintained and rotated. If your spare is rotated, we’ll also check the quality and tire air pressure of the spare to ensure it’s safe to drive on.
4. Rotate tires after every oil change
While you can’t over-rotate your tires, a rotation with every oil change may not be necessary. The best time to rotate your tires is every 5,000 – 7,500 miles. If you’re scheduling an oil change every 3,000 miles, you only need to request a tire rotation with every-other oil change service.
5. If you rotate your tires, everything will be fine
Tire rotations are an indispensable part of proper car maintenance. With a tire rotation, your investment is protected and the life of each tire is extended. However, full tire maintenance involves more than tire rotations.
You also need to regularly check the tire air pressure, schedule alignment checks and have your suspension system inspected annually. A driving mistake as minor as hitting a small pot hole could throw off your car’s alignment, affecting every other part of the drivability.
Tire rotation service at Christian Brothers Automotive Woodmen & Powers
The professionals at our Colorado Springs auto repair shop recommend tire rotation service at the correct intervals and will only rotate if the tires are safe and sound. We’ll let you know whether your tires need to be rotated or if it’s time for a replacement.
Don’t fall victim to tire rotation service myths and misconceptions. Trust our myth-busting experts to tell you the truth about your vehicle. To schedule a tire rotation or maintenance service today, call Christian Brothers Automotive Woodmen & Powers in Colorado Springs, Colorado.