What is Tire Rotation?

November 28th, 2018 by

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Tire rotation is an important process that will usually be part of a regular service appointment. Rotating tires can help prevent blowouts, maintain traction, and even improve fuel economy. But what does “tire rotation” really mean?

What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

Don’t worry, this is a simple process to understand. Tires get moved from one position on a vehicle to another. Usually, the front tires are moved to the rear and the rear tires move to the front. They might also change sides–for example, the rear right tire will become the front left tire.

Front tires normally wear out faster since most cars carry more weight at the front. Tire rotation is performed to prevent uneven wear. This will go a long way in boosting your tire’s longevity, so you can continue making short trips between Calgary and Maple Creek or embark on a cross-country roadtrip from Lethbridge.

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

  • Maintains Traction: Tread depth is lost when tires wear down. This can be dangerous since you need the traction that tire depth provides in order to control your vehicle in any situation. Tire rotation will keep all tires at roughly the same amount of tread depth and can help to keep them from wearing unevenly.
  • Prevents Blowouts: A tire blowout is a distressing, dangerous situation. The risk of a blowout grows as tires wear down.
  • Improves Performance: Is your steering wheel vibrating as you drive? That might be the result of uneven wear on your tires.
  • Maximizes Efficiency: Worn tires drag across the road, which strains your engine and increases fuel consumption.

Address Your Tire Rotation Needs at Jackson Dodge

Our tire centre provides advice and helps drivers determine the condition of their tires. After you learn what tire rotation is, please feel free to contact us today for any advice or assistance on other service concerns including oil changes and brake issues.

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