Do My Tires Need to Be Rotated?
You’ve dreamt of hitting the open road in a beautiful, fast car since you were a child. However, no one told you, while you were playing with your Hot Wheels, the large responsibility it was to own a vehicle. Now that you’re older and own a car, it is the perfect time to educate yourself, so your drive can provide you with years of reliable service, and the importance of tire rotation is a great place to start.
At Charles Gabus Ford, we want to keep drivers safe on the streets of Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Ankeny. To help, we’ve provided a guide to assist in learning why you’ll need a tire rotation and when to do so.
Why Is Tire Rotation Important?
Each of the tires on your vehicle wears down at a different rate due to the weight distribution of your car. For example, the front tires handle more weight because they hold up the engine and everything under the hood. They also deal with more than the back tires because they deal with the impact of braking and turning more.
As part of your regular scheduled vehicle maintenance, tire rotations have a lot of benefits and help to keep the tread on all four of your tires even. This provides for a longer lifespan and more importantly, protects you as a driver, as tire failure can occur from uneven wear. This can lead to dangerous situations and possible collisions. If you think that your tires may need to be rotated, bring your car to our service center where our expert technicians will check it out!
When Do My Tires Need to Be Rotated?
Though every vehicle is different, there is a solid rule of thumb on when to rotate tires. Schedule your rotation service every six months or every 5,000 to 8,000 miles depending on which occurs first. To find out exactly when your manufacturer suggests tire rotation, refer to your owner’s manual.
During your service, the mechanic or technician will remove each tire and place it in a different position. This improves performance and saves you money in the long run, avoiding having to purchase new tires if the tread is too worn.
Knowing the warning signs is the first step to knowing whether your tires need to be rotated.
Uneven Wear – If you can clearly see there is uneven wear among your tires, schedule a service appointment. This can be viewed by looking at the front tires, then the back. Is there more wear on the front? If so, it’s time to go to your service center as soon as possible.
Vibration – When you’re feeling a vibration in your vehicle at speeds of 45 MPH or more, it could be because of irregular wear on your tires. Though this is not the only cause for your vehicle to do this, it is worth looking into first as a less-expensive repair.
Low Pressure – Are you noticing one tire that is losing air more so than the others? This could be because there is too much pressure on that particular wheel. Getting an inspection and rotating your tires could fix this issue.
Schedule an Inspection or Tire Rotation Today!
If you’re worried about the state of your tires or just need a routine tire rotation, contact Charles Gabus Ford to make an appointment. We proudly cater to customers in the Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Ankeny area, and look forward to seeing you soon.