When you think about routine vehicle maintenance, chances are the first thing you think of is the humble oil change. Oil changes are indeed a crucial part of keeping your vehicle maintained and functioning in top shape. While having your tires rotated is also quite a simple step in regular vehicle maintenance, it is just as important as the oil change. Putting off a tire rotation for too long can put you at risk of losing traction while on the road, or even of blowing one of the tires.
The Basic Rule of Thumb for Getting Tires Rotated
The length of time in between tire rotations depends on many different variables. The kind of tires you have, the type of vehicle you drive, and how far you drive it in a given year can all affect your tire rotation schedule. Most drivers, however, opt to have them done whenever they take their vehicle to get an oil change or other, more extensive service. In general, though, having it performed at least twice a year is a good idea.
Emergency Signs to Look For
There are a few things, however, you should look out for when you’re driving that will tell you that you need your tires rotated as soon as possible.
- Uneven Wear: If one particular tire is undergoing significantly more wear and tear damage than the others, it is a direct sign to go in for a rotation. Keep in mind that it is normal for front tires to wear out more quickly than rear tires since front tires bear most of the load on a vehicle. They bear the weight of the engine, direct your vehicle when you steer it, and take the majority of the force of braking.
- Unnatural Vibrations: If unnatural vibrations occur when you are driving, it could be another major sign that you’re due for a tire rotation (if it occurs when you are stopped, it may be a problem with the motor mounts, not the tires!). You shouldn’t feel any strange shimmying in your vehicle if the tires are in good shape.
- Losing Air Pressure: If one of your tires is losing air for no apparent reason, it could be a sign that it is wearing unevenly. This is a prime reason to get all four of the tires rotated.
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