What is a Tire Rotation?

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Have you been asked about if you think your car should be given a tire rotation and found yourself wondering what does rotating tires mean? The team at Dan Cava's Buick GMC is here to help! The most important reason for doing tire rotations is to prevent rapid tire wear, thus extending the lifespan of your current tires drastically. The advantages of regular tire rotations, such as improved fuel efficiency, blowout prevention, and enhanced traction on Fairmont roads, simply can’t be ignored. Below you’ll find out why the service center at Dan Cava's Buick GMC suggests getting a tire rotation, and what does rotating tires do for your vehicle. If you still have any questions, you can contact us today.

What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

So what is a tire rotation? The short answer is the tires are moved from one position on a vehicle to another. In the majority of cases, the front tires will move to the rear and the rear tires will move to the front. They may also change sides, so what was the rear left tire will end up as the front right tire which is commonly referred to as the tire rotation pattern. The crucial elements to keep in mind about tire rotation patterns are that:

  • Most cars carry more weight at the front, so front tires will typically wear out faster, but the type of drivetrain your vehicle has will also affect the rate at which each tire wears down. 
  • For example, in front-wheel drive vehicles, power is sent to the front axle and wheels to produce forward motion. Therefore, the front tires will wear down faster than they would in rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or four-wheel drive models while you’re driving around Morgantown.
  • It’s recommended that you get a tire rotation every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, or every six months, whichever comes first. 

What Does Tire Rotation Do For Your Vehicle?

  • Maximizes Fuel Efficiency: Worn tires create drag, strain the engine, and increase your fuel consumption.
  • Improves Performance and Handling: Tires working together that have uneven wear often produce vibration, which you’ll eventually feel through the steering wheel.
  • Prevents Tire Blowouts: Tires become more likely to fail as they get worn down. If you’ve ever had a blowout as you drive around Grafton, you’ll know how unpleasant and potentially dangerous it can be.
  • Maintains Tire Traction: When tires wear down, they lose tire tread depth. A loss of tread depth means traction is reduced, which can interfere with your ability to control the vehicle in certain situations. Preventing uneven tire wear helps ensure that all tires have the same amount of tread.

Trust the Team at Dan Cava's Buick GMC for Tire Care

Now that you know more about what does rotating tires mean and how it can influence the length of your tires, it’s time to let the team at Dan Cava's Buick GMC take care of all of your car care needs. Schedule service today so that we can take care of all of your vehicle’s maintenance needs.

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