What is Tire Rotation?

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The purpose of tire rotation is to ensure even tire wear. This helps to prolong the life of your tires because one tire does not wear down more quickly than the others. The benefits of tire rotation include enhancing traction, preventing blowouts, and better fuel economy as you travel from Pensacola to Mobile. Sandy Sansing has the details on tire rotation and we would be glad to answer any questions that you may have about tire care.

What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

Auto mechanicWhen you rotate your tires, the tires are moved from one position on a vehicle to another. For a majority of vehicles, the front tires will move to the rear and the rear tires will move to the front. You might also need to change what side the tire is on. For example, the rear left tire will end up as the front right tire. Keep this information in mind before rotating your tires:

  • Most cars carry more weight at the front, which leads to the front tires wearing down more quickly. The drivetrain of your car also plays a role in how your tires wear.
  • For front-wheel drive cars, the front axle receives a majority of the power. Because of this, the tires in the front of the car will wear down faster than they would in rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or four-wheel drive vehicles.
  • The drivetrain also determines the tire rotation pattern.

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

  • Improves Performance: Tires working together that have uneven wear often produce vibration. You will notice this in the steering wheel.
  • Maximizes Efficiency: Worn tires create a drag, strain the engine, and cause your vehicle to perform less efficiently.
  • Maintains Traction: The more you drive, the more tread depth your tires lose. The lower the tread depth, the less traction there is between your tires and the road. If there is not enough traction, it can interfere with your ability to control the vehicle in some driving conditions. Preventing uneven tire wear helps ensure that all tires have the same amount of tread.
  • Prevents Blowouts: When tires are worn down, there is a higher chance they will fail. This can be quite dangerous.

Turn to Sandy Sansing for Tire Care

It is a good idea to have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. If it is time for a tire rotation, set up an appointment with one of the Sandy Sansing service centers. Contact us today if you have any questions like how to check coolant levels, how to check tire tread depth, or when to rotate tires!


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