Your car’s tires are important. Yet, many drivers take their tires for granted. Tires supply the traction that provides a smooth ride, and they keep you and your passengers safe. If your car experiences a drop in fuel economy, it may be the result of uneven tire wear. You can prevent the tires from wearing unevenly by rotating them regularly. Fortunately, if you live in Black Mountain, tire rotation service is nearby at the Jim Cook Chevrolet Buick GMC Service Center in Marion.
When you get a tire rotation, the service technicians will move the tires from one position to another. This most likely involves changing the positions of the front and rear sets of tires and switching one set from side to side.
The technicians will use a rotation pattern appropriate for your vehicle and the kind of tires it rides on. Your car’s owner’s manual will list the rotation pattern that’s best for your model. Most manufacturers recommend getting a tire rotation every 5,000-7,000 miles. Since this matches the interval for scheduled maintenance visits, you can expect to get a tire rotation whenever you bring your vehicle for routine maintenance. If you’re not sure when to take your car for tire rotation service near Black Mountain, contact the Jim Cook Chevrolet Buick GMC Service Center.
Don’t put off getting a tire rotation. It can cause uneven wear that will damage the tires. They’ll wear out faster, and it can even cause a blowout. If you drive a front-wheel-drive vehicle and fail to rotate the tires, you’ll find the front tires wearing faster than the rear tires. This can cause an accident because the car may slip when driving on wet roads.
Tires that aren’t rotated can become cupped. When this happens, you’ll notice noise and vibration inside the car. Also, some manufacturers require regular tire rotation as a condition of the warranty.
These are the most common tire rotation patterns:
Front-Wheel Drive: In four-wheel-drive vehicles, the front tires wear faster than the rear tires because the front wheels send power to the road surface and steer the vehicle. When rotating the tires on a front-wheel-drive vehicle, the front tires are transferred to the rear. Then the rear tires are moved to the front, and those tires switch sides. Front-wheel-drive vehicles have another pattern designed for light-weight trucks and sedans. The front tires are moved to the rear, the rear tires are transferred to the front, and both sets of tires switch sides.
Rear-Wheel Drive: The tires on rear-wheel-drive vehicles wear more evenly than those with front-wheel drive. This is because the rear wheels send power directly to the road, and the front wheels steer the car. Rear-wheel-drive vehicles use a similar pattern as front-wheel-drive vehicles, except the rear tires switch sides.
All-Wheel Drive: AWD vehicles may have significant differences in tread depth, creating stress on the drivetrain. Owners of AWD vehicles may need to rotate the tires more often, using the same pattern as rear-wheel-drive vehicles.
Call the Jim Cook Chevrolet Buick GMC Service Center to make an appointment for a tire rotation or use schedule service on our website.