How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

rotating a tireAs a car owner, you know that regularly scheduled maintenance is key to keeping your vehicle on the roads for longer. What exactly does that entail, though? Although there are many systems and parts your manufacturer suggests getting checked often, a lot of drivers tend to forget about the importance of regular tire rotations.

To help clear up how often you should rotate your tires, Boardwalk Acura has created this handy guide for those hitting the roads of Egg Harbor, Atlantic City, and Vineland. Below, you’ll find an answer to that question along with informative details that will help you better understand this process and why it’s so crucial!

The Importance of Tire Rotations

You may be thinking, “My tires rotate every time I drive, right?” Well, technically—but getting your tires rotated by a professional means something completely different. Every time you drive, your vehicle puts pressure on your tires. However, since weight is distributed unevenly throughout your car, certain tires have more pressure applied to them, causing them all to wear unevenly.

For example, there’s typically more weight in the front of your vehicle, as that’s where the engine and other heavy components live. Due to this, your front tires generally wear more on the outsides because there’s extra weight on them, especially when you make turns. Since there’s less weight in the back, the rear tires don’t wear quite as much. Strategically rotating them around every so often gives you a more even ride while also prolonging the overall life of your tires.

What Happens During a Tire Rotation?

tire alingnmentWhen you schedule an appointment with your authorized dealer to rotate your tires, a few things will take place. The professional technicians will move each tire and place them in a different position. Then, the tire’s air pressure will be checked to ensure they’re properly inflated. All of this will provide for a smoother ride on the road.

How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Since every vehicle is different, the best way to find out when to rotate your tires is to consult your owner’s manual. However, rotating your tires every 5,000 miles is a good rule of thumb. To make things even easier on you, you can also rotate them every time you schedule an oil change, since that should take place around roughly the same time.

Signs Your Tires Need to Be Rotated

If you think it’s time to rotate your tires but it’s before the 5,000-mile mark, there are some warning signs that’ll let you know if you need a tire rotation:

  • You can see uneven wear between tire treads
  • Your vehicle is vibrating at 45 MPH or higher
  • There is a loss of pressure in one or more of your tires

Keep a lookout for any of those signs while you’re driving, and schedule an appointment if you notice any of them occurring.

Rotate Your Tires at Boardwalk Acura Today

To prevent having to purchase new tires because of uneven wearing, schedule an appointment at our service center today. Our professionals are always available to help drivers in the Egg Harbor, Atlantic City, and Vineland areas prolong the lifespans of their tires!

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