Tires are a crucial safety element of every vehicle, yet some drivers don’t maintain them regularly. Tires support the weight of the car and provide traction to keep it driving safely. Driving on worn tires is dangerous, and it will also cause a drop in fuel economy. If you live in Morganton, tire rotation service is close at hand when you visit the Jim Cook Chevrolet Service Center in Marion.
What happens during a tire rotation?
When you visit our service center for tire rotation service near Morganton, our technician will transfer the tires to new locations on your car. In most cases, this means they’ll move the front tires to the rear. Then they’ll move the rear tires to the front. One pair of tires will switch sides.
Why do my car’s tires need to be rotated?
If your cars’ tires aren’t rotated regularly, they’ll wear unevenly. They’ll won’t last as long as they should, and there will be greater chance of experiencing problems on the road, such as a blowout. You’ll also notice that your car won’t handle as well.
If you drive a front-wheel-drive vehicle and fail to rotate the tires, the front tires will wear more quickly than the rear tires. You’ll notice the car becoming difficult to control, especially when you’re driving on slippery or wet roads. Failure to rotate the tires can cause them to become cupped, which creates vibration and noise in the cabin. Some tire manufacturers require regular tire rotation as a condition of the warranty.
How often do my car’s tires need to be rotated?
You should be able to find this information in your car’s owner’s manual. Most tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. This is the same frequency as scheduled maintenance visits, so when you visit the Jim Cook Chevrolet Service Department, we’ll rotate the tires as part of your regular maintenance.
Which rotation pattern is best for my car?
Your car’s owner’s manual will list the rotation pattern that’s best for your car, truck, SUV or van. These are the most common tire rotation patterns:
Rearward Cross: This pattern is used with four- and rear-wheel-drive vehicles. The rear tires are transferred to the front. The front tires are moved to the rear and change sides.
X-pattern: This is a rotation pattern for vehicles with front-wheel drive. The front tires are moved to the rear, the rear tires are moved to the front, and both sets of tires change sides.
Forward Cross: This is another front-wheel-drive pattern. The front tires are transferred to the rear, and the rear tires are moved to the front and change sides.
Can I rotate my car’s tires myself?
We don’t advise our customers to rotate their car’s tires. The service technicians at the Jim Cook Chevrolet Service Center have the experience to do the job properly and safely.
Call us to schedule your tire rotation or use the Service Appointment page on our website. We’re located at 1075 North Main Street in Marion. Visit our website for our hours of operation and directions.