What is Tire Rotation?

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You may have heard about tire rotations as part of your regular maintenance routine, but what is tire rotation and what does tire rotation do? Rotating your tires simply means moving each tire from one position on the vehicle to another. By swapping the position of each tire, you can distribute the wear and tear more efficiently – which means better performance in the long run. Learn all about the benefits of tire rotation with Larry Puckett Chevrolet, and be sure to schedule your next maintenance appointment with us in Prattville!

What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

When you rotate tires, you usually move the front tires to the rear and the rear tires to the front. However, different vehicles have different tire rotation patterns. Here are the basics:

  • Because your engine is located in the front of the vehicle, your vehicle is likely to be heavier in the front as well. This means the front tires tend to wear out faster than the rear tires.
  • Your drivetrain configuration also plays a big role in your tire wear. Front-wheel drive cars will wear down their front tires even faster than rear-wheel drive cars.
  • This means that your drivetrain configuration will affect the way that your technician will rotate your tires. A front-wheel drive vehicle has a different rotation pattern than a rear-wheel drive vehicle.

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

  • Maintains Traction: Your tire tread wears away slowly over time, and sufficient tread is necessary for good grip on the Montgomery roads. If you even out the wear and tear on your tires, you prolong the tread life across the entire set.
  • Prevents Blowouts: Tire blowouts can occur when your tread level runs dangerously low. The better your tire care, the less the likelihood of blowouts.
  • Improves Performance: When your tires are off-balance, they can produce vibrations that rattle the entire car. You might even feel the vibrations in the steering wheel. A well-balanced set means a smoother ride.
  • Maximizes Efficiency: Worn tires tires create drag, which can strain the engine and decrease your fuel economy.

Rely on Larry Puckett Chevrolet for Tire Care Needs

Generally, tires should be rotated every six months or every 5,000 miles to 8,000 miles — whichever comes first. When it’s time to schedule your next tire rotation, be sure to visit us in Prattville. We’re located near neighboring Millbrook and Wetumpka, and our experts will take great care of your car. Contact us today with your questions!

 

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