How Often Should You Have Your Tires Rotated?
When Do My Tires Need To Be Rotated?
If there was ever an unsung hero of automotive components, it’s a vehicle’s tires. The importance of tires becomes clear when one of them goes flat and you’re stuck on the side of the road trying to remember how to access your spare. Flat tires happen and a lot of times can’t be avoided – but that’s not what we’re talking about today. Tires, like any other automotive component, need regular service and attention to avoid problems, like blowouts. Regular tire rotations are important to getting the most out of them. So, how often should you have your tires rotated? Each manufacturer will have different requirements for their vehicles, but the industry average hovers around every 12,000 km, or every six months – whichever comes first. Southside Dodge has some additional information you might find interesting.
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Why Do Tires Need To Be Rotated?
Assuming drivers can avoid immediate dangers to tires like nails or potholes, the average commuter doesn’t really need to pay much attention to their tires – save for avoiding losses in air pressure. Having tires regularly rotated will ensure that they wear evenly. Ignoring tire rotations will cause the tread patterns to wear out, which will make the vehicle harder to control in emergency scenarios and require the owner to buy new tires sooner.
The 12,000 km standard largely applies to cars, trucks and SUVs that routinely travel on paved roads. People who take their vehicles off-road regularly or routinely pull heavy loads may need to have their tires rotated on a shorter timeline. A Southside Dodge service advisor will help people make the best possible decisions to care for their vehicles.
What Happens When Tires Get Rotated?
To be sure, working on modern automobiles can be complex. However, rotating a vehicle’s tires is as simple as its name implies. When the Southside Dodge Service Department rotates the tires of a vehicle with front-wheel-drive, the front tires are moved straight back, staying on the same side of the vehicle and the rear tires are moved forward and installed on the opposite side.
The opposite happens when a vehicle with rear- or four-wheel-drive comes in for service. Our technicians will move the rear tires forward while keeping them on the same side and then moving the front tires to the rear and swapping sides.
Make an appointment with the Southside Dodge Service Department if it’s time for your tires to be rotated, or for anything else you might need.