Tire rotation is an essential part of maintaining your vehicle. It may not seem as important as changing motor oil, but not rotating your tires regularly can cost you just the same. If this task is put off for too long, you are at risk for losing traction or even suffering a blow out.
Tire rotation can be a simple step in your regular vehicle maintenance. Most people opt for rotation when they go in for an oil change or need other, more extensive services. Although there is no general rule of thumb because every set of tires and every driver’s habits are different, in general you can play it safe by rotating your tires at least twice per year.
Sometimes you can’t wait for a regularly scheduled tire rotation. There are situations when you might notice things which should compel you to act immediately. Here are three signs your tires need to be rotated.
Whenever you notice a particular tire having more wear and tear than the others, it is time to go in for rotation. It is completely normal for the front pair to be worn more quickly than the rears. This is because the front tires bear the load of the engine, direct your vehicle through turns, and take the brunt of braking. When you see the treads wearing out on the front tires, you must change them as well as the rear ones. If your front and rear tires are not the same size, rotating them will be much less effective and your new tires will wear more quickly.
Another major sign that you’re due for a rotation is a vibration that occurs when driving. When all your tires are in perfect condition, you should not experience any strange shimmying or vibration. But, if they are worn unevenly, you vehicle will shake with every revolution. You may only experience this at higher speeds, but regardless, this is the time to have your tires rotated.
If you notice that one tire is losing air pressure for no apparent reason, it may be time to have them all rotated. This tire is likely being subjected to more pressure and wearing unevenly, giving you just cause to visit your local auto shop.
If you notice any of these warning signs on your vehicle’s tires, stop by Grease Monkey in Battle Ground for a quick rotation today, no appointment necessary!