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What Does Rotating Your Tires Mean?

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Many people, especially first time drivers, may not know what it means to rotate their tires. It is actually fairly easy to understand. It is basically just moving the wheels from one position (front or back, left or right) to the other. There are certain patterns for completing a tire rotation. Here are some other basics about tire rotation:

  • Cars generally are heavier in the front. The front tires end up wearing down quicker than the back. Other factors will affect wear down rate as well.
  • In front-wheel drive cars, the front axle and wheels carry the forward motion. In this case the front tires wear down faster than in RWD, AWD, or four-wheel drive vehicles. 
  • This also means that the tire rotation pattern will be determined by your vehicle’s drivetrain. 

What is Tire Rotation?

Tire rotation is a routine maintenance that should be performed every 6 months or every 6,000 miles. It can significantly extend the life of your set of tires. It helps to maintain traction, improve fuel economy, and prevent blowouts. It ultimately helps keep you safe on Pocatello roads. Check out our car care tips to learn more about extending the life of your car. 

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

  • Loss of tread depth occurs when tires wear down. This loss of tread depth results in traction reduction. THis can interfere with the control you have in your vehicle in various situations. It’s crucial to attend to tire wear down and keep an even tread level to maintain traction.
  • As the tires get more and more worn down the likelihood of failure rises. In order to prevent blowouts as you drive around Ammon, and avoid the unpleasantness, you will want to rotate your tires.
  • When tires have uneven wear and tear, it can produce a vibration you may feel in the steering wheel, rotation improves performance.
  • Maximizes Efficiency: Worn tires drag, put a strain on the engine, and increase your fuel consumption.

Visit us at Ron Sayer Nissan for Your Tire Needs

When you come in for your next scheduled service, make sure that tire rotation is on your schedule! You can check your owner’s manual for information specific to your model. You will know you are safe driving around Rexburg when you rely on Ron Sayer Nissan. Check out our service specials to learn about how you can save your next time around!

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