What is Tire Rotation?

Wheel Rotation

Tire rotation is performed to ensure your tires wear as evenly as possible. This can help prolong the life of your tires and save you money. In addition to not needing a new set of tires as often, keeping up with regular tire rotations is also important to ensure optimal traction and fuel economy as well as diminish the chance of a tire blowout. For a safe and efficient drive through Chicago, set up a tire rotation at Mike Haggerty Volkswagen. We have more information about the benefits of tire rotation below.

What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

During the process of a tire rotation, tires are simply moved from one position on a vehicle to another. For most vehicles, this means that the front and rear tires are swapped. However, depending on the drivetrain of your vehicle, the tires may also need to switch sides. For example, what was once the rear left tire now becomes the front right tire. This is called the tire rotation pattern. Below are a few more tips to keep in mind when it is time for a tire rotation.

  • Front tires usually wear out more quickly than rear tires because the majority of the vehicle’s weight is usually found in front. The drivetrain is also a contributing factor in how rapidly each tire wears down.
  • If you have a front-wheel drive car, power is transferred to the front axle. That is why the front tires will wear down more quickly than they would if you drive a RWD, AWD, or four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • The necessary rotation pattern for your vehicle is determined by the drivetrain. You don’t want one tire wearing down faster than the rest of the set.

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

  • Ensures Optimal Traction: The more you drive, the less tread depth your tires have. Less tread depth means less traction on the road, which can be dangerous when driving it slick, wet, or icy conditions. Preventing uneven tire wear helps ensure that all tires have the same amount of tread.
  • Prevents Blowouts: There is a higher chance that a tire blowout will occur as your tires begin to wear down. This can be quite dangerous on the roads of Orland Park.
  • Performance is Enhanced: Do you notice a vibration in your steering wheel? The culprit could be that your tires have started to wear unevenly.
  • Maximizes Efficiency: Worn tires create drag and strain the engine. This can cause your vehicle to consume more fuel than usual.

Turn to Mike Haggerty Volkswagen for Tire Care

As a good rule of thumb, you will want to have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. There may be different intervals recommended by your manufacturer, but you can find that information in your owner’s manual. Contact us today if you have any questions. Be sure to also take a look at our rotating service specials to help make your next tire rotation even more affordable.

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