Why is Tire Rotation Important?

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Why rotate tires on your vehicle? Rotating tires helps extend the life of your tires, meaning fewer replacements. That’s because tires don’t wear evenly and regular rotations help correct this uneven wear. What’s more, regularly rotating tires helps maintain your vehicle’s performance and gas mileage. Learn more about how often to rotate tires below with the Transwest GMC service center!

What Does Rotating Your Tires Do?

So, what does rotating your tires do? When you accelerate, brake, turn your wheels, and go around curves in Brighton, all this requires friction between your tires and the road. Regular rotations help ensure that your tires wear evenly. 

Drivetrains & Tire Rotations

The type of drivetrain your vehicle has will impact how your tires wear. 

  • Front-wheel drive vehicle: The front tires wear out faster since the engine power is directed to the front wheels, which are responsible for steering, starting, and most of the stopping force.
  • Rear-wheel drive vehicle: While the front wheels are still responsible for steering and much of braking, the engine power is directed to the rear wheels and they will still wear out at a faster rate. 
  • All-wheel drive vehicle: AWD vehicles have engine power directed to all four wheels, though some experts still maintain that the rear wheels will wear out faster. 
  • Intelligent all-wheel drive systems: Different levels of strain and friction on the inside tires vs. outside tires when going around curves. Some advanced all-wheel drive systems can even direct power to an individual wheel while driving around a curve for better cornering This can further affect tire life.

How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires? 

General recommendations are that you rotate your tires every 5,000 miles to 8,000 miles or six months. To get a more personalized recommendation for your vehicle, you’ll want to check your owner’s manual. 

What if You Skip Tire Rotations?

Skipping tire rotations can lead to you needing to replace your tires more often. What’s more, you can also experience performance and safety issues on the roads of Denver and Brighton, like: 

  • Poor traction 
  • Skidding
  • Flat tires
  • Blowouts

Rotate Your Tires With Transwest GMC

Now that you know why rotating tires is important, it’s time to get your tires checked and your rotations back on schedule. Schedule your appointment today at our Henderson service center!

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