Tire Rotations

Maintaining your vehicle involves several processes that maximize the life, quality, and safety of your car. One maintenance issue that drivers should attend to regularly is rotating the tires on their car. There are many benefits to rotating your tires, so read more to better understand the process.

What Is a Tire Rotation?

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When you take your vehicle to get its tires rotated, the mechanic removes each tire from the car. Then, the mechanic switches or rotates, the placement of the tires. This improves the performance of your tires by promoting more even tread wear among the tires and can help you feel safer on the road. Mechanics may rotate your tires in different directions depending on the specifications of your vehicle.

When To Get Your Tires Rotated

Tires are a very important aspect of any car, and well-maintained tires can improve the performance and safety of your vehicle. Since they’re so important, it’s helpful to understand when to get your tires rotated. It’s recommended for drivers to rotate their tires every six months or every 6,000 to 8,000 miles, whichever milestone comes first. Similar to an oil change, tire rotations are a regular and frequent component of effective car maintenance.

There are a few variables that may impact how often you should rotate your tires. If you drive a lot, you may need to rotate your car’s tires more frequently. The make and model of your vehicle may also impact how often you should rotate your tires. Some cars require more frequent rotations because of the tire size or whether the car is front-wheel, rear-wheel, or all-wheel drive. You can contact our dealership, check your vehicle’s owner manual, or speak with a mechanic to determine how often your specific vehicle requires this service.

Benefits of Rotating Your Tires Regularly

Since tires are the sole feature that connects the car to the road, they’re an important aspect of a vehicle’s performance. Rather than ignoring your tires until a problem arises, you can begin to rotate them regularly to start experiencing some of the benefits of doing so, such as:

Increases Tire Life Span

One of the best reasons to rotate your tires is simply to make them last longer. Buying new tires for your vehicle can be a large expense, so making sure your tires last as long as possible is a great way to save money. Rotation helps your tires last longer since it ensures that each tire is worn out evenly.

Identifies Tire Damage

There are many things on the road that could damage your tires over time. When you visit a mechanic for a routine tire rotation, they can observe the quality of the tires and assess for damage. By checking the condition of the exterior, interior, and even the tire’s rims, mechanics can prevent larger problems from occurring later on.

Some problems that mechanics can find include uneven wear, a blister or side bubble on the interior of the tire, or bent rims. When a mechanic notices these types of issues, we at Meadowland GMC can provide you with a few options for the repair or replacement of your tires. This can maximize your safety by preventing a larger issue while saving you money long term.

Harmful Possibilities of Not Rotating Your Tires

Just as there are many benefits of rotating your tires, there are also consequences involved when tires aren’t rotated. Some possibilities are more harmful than others, but rather than taking the risk, it’s better to invest in this service. Here are a few harmful possibilities to consider if your tires aren’t rotated:

Potential for Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning occurs when your vehicle glides over the top of a watery surface rather than gripping the pavement underneath. This is most likely to occur when tires don’t have the proper tread depth to keep the wheels properly on the road. Hydroplaning presents a risk to your ability to steer and control your vehicle. However, regular tire rotations provide an opportunity to evenly wear your tires and identify when the tread is too shallow.

A buildup of Excess Heat

Another consequence of not rotating your tires is heat buildup. This occurs while driving for long distances or on particularly hot surfaces. The tires and the road create friction between them, which can create excessive amounts of heat. As tires get more worn out, they’re more likely to overheat, which can cause breakage or tread separation while you drive. Rotating your tires is a way to prevent this since you can replace the tires when the tread gets too low.

Tire Damage

You can damage your tires significantly if you don’t have them rotated. Some instances of tire damage include punctures in the tire from debris on the road. These can occur more easily when the tires’ tread wears thin enough for something to pierce the surface. However, regular rotations can prevent tire damage by assessing the current state of the tires and ensuring that they wear out evenly.

Poor Traction

Similar to hydroplaning, worn-out tires often have poor traction in frostier conditions like snow or ice. If you drive in this type of weather, tires that aren’t rotated can have shallow treads, making it harder to grip the road and drive safely. Regular rotations from professional mechanics can catch this problem ahead of time, increasing the safety of you and your passengers during colder months.

Less Use

Ultimately, you get less use out of rotated tires that aren’t rotated. Your tires are bound to wear out faster or incur some sort of damage without regular rotations. This can lead to more frequent tire replacement, which can become costly. You can avoid many of these issues by scheduling routine tire rotations for your vehicle.

It’s far more beneficial to implement a routine of rotating your tires. Not only does this practice improve the life expectancy of your tires, but it can increase safety and save you money. Contact us at Meadowland GMC to schedule your next tire service or to inquire about how often you should rotate the tires on your vehicle. We’re here to help with all your tire needs.