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When it comes to your vehicle’s components, there are a few crucial ones directly responsible for its movement and functionality. Your tires are vital because they allow your vehicle to propel forward as you step on the gas pedal. However, in order to keep your vehicle moving and to get the most out of your tires, you’ll need to rotate them regularly.
At Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Vista, our team is here to help you learn more about tire rotations, why they’re important, and how often to rotate your tires. This guide will help you stay on top of your tire repair and service to keep your vehicle running smoothly around the streets of Vista, Escondido, and Carlsbad, CA!
Your tires are made from rubber, and while durable, your tires won’t last forever. They literally grind against the road several thousand times when you drive your vehicle. The constant rubbing and grinding cause the tire rubber to wear.
There’s also a difference in your vehicle’s weight distribution: the front weighs more because that’s where the engine and transmission are housed. This puts more pressure on the front tires, so periodically, they’ll need to be switched out with the rear tires to evenly distribute the weight and wear.
Your drive system plays an important role in how your tires are rotated. Whether you have a front-wheel drive (FWD) sedan or a 4-wheel drive (4WD)/all-wheel drive (AWD) SUV, there’s a difference in both the direction and the placement of these tires when they’re brought in for a rotation.
Front-wheel drive vehicles have their front tires rotated to the back, while the rear tires are moved to the front on the opposite side (rear right to front left). Vehicles that feature 4WD or AWD will have a similar rotation pattern but reversed. The rear tires are pushed up, while the tires in front are rotated to their rear on the opposite side (front left to rear right).
The answer to “when to get tires rotated?” is actually rather simple. You can schedule a tire rotation along with an oil change, so roughly every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. That way, you can have two important and crucial services conducted in one easy visit that will get your vehicle back out on the road. By regularly rotating your tires this often, you’ll get more life out of them and ward off an early tire replacement or a major tire repair.
Now that you’re familiar with when to get tires rotated, why they need to be rotated, and how they’re rotated, you’re a tire rotation expert! Keep an eye on the odometer for your next oil change and when you bring in your vehicle, ask for a tire rotation as well. This will make sure your tires last for the years and miles ahead, and you can put off replacing them until it’s absolutely necessary!
Is your vehicle in need of a tire rotation? Schedule yours with us at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Vista so you can get the most out of your tires on the roads of Vista, Escondido, and Carlsbad!