Tire Rotation is customarily offeredas part of regular vehicle maintenance procedures. Most auto repair shops willrotate your tires for you during your scheduled oil change, for example.
If you’re like most peoplethough, you probably don’t actually know why your tires should be rotatedregularly and certainly couldn’t explain what that process looks like.
If you’ve been followingalong with our blog, you know that so far we’ve learned many vehicle maintenancebasics, like the ins and outs of an oil change and how to change a tire.
Ready to take a look at tirerotation?
Here’s what to know:
Your tires should be rotatedroutinely. Your vehicle’s owner manual is always your go-to resource for what maintenanceschedule you should be on.
Tire rotation is really apreventative measure to help equalize the wear rate of your tires. When tiresare regularly rotated, they each serve in as many of the vehicle’s wheelpositions as possible.
It should be noted that frontand back tires perform different duties and their tasks vary from vehicle typeto vehicle type. The tires on mom’s front-wheel drive, station wagon experiencedifferent wear and tear than the tires on a rear-wheel drive performancevehicle, for example.
Regular rotation helps ensurebalanced handling and traction in whatever vehicle type you own.
There are traditionalrotation patterns used by many auto repair shops that work for most vehicles.
Forward Cross:Common in vehicles with front-wheel drive and a full-size matching spare
Rearward Cross:Common in rear and four-wheel drive vehicles with full-size matching spares
X-pattern: Commonin rear and four-wheel drive vehicles
To extend the life of yourtires, getting them rotated every 5,000 miles is a good rule of thumb.
And when you’re ready, Krietz Auto Service Center is ready and waiting to help!