Ever wonder what’s all the excitement about rotating your tires? Don’t they just wear out and get replaced every few years or so? The short answer to that is ‘yes and no’. We here at GIC Car Clinic feel that you deserve more than just a short answer to that. There are many good reasons to rotate your tires on a regular basis and we want you to know the why’s, when’s and how’s of this frequent topic of conversation.
Why should you rotate your tires on a regular basis? First and foremost, it is the safe thing to do. Your car’s tires don’t always wear as evenly as you may think and because of that fact alone, you may be driving around with balder tires in the front than in the rear or vice versa. Bald tires in the front not only spin on wet roads, but they will adversely affect your steering and could cause you to get into an accident. Another reason why you should rotate your tires on a regular basis to get them to wear evenly is that evenly worn tires will provide a smoother ride and may also get you better gas mileage.
When should you rotate your tires? Most car manufactures recommend that you rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. For most of us that should equate to every other oil change, more often if you drive your car hard or it has four wheel drive. Also, listen to your tires, if you hear a humming that isn’t normally there, it may be time to rotate your tires.
How do you rotate your tires? This one is easy! Just bring your car into GIC Car Clinic and let one of our mechanics do it. We will also inspect the tires for uneven wear which could be a sign of a steering or suspension problem. If you do choose to rotate your tires yourself, be safe. Use jack-stands rated for the weight of your car and make sure to torque your lug buts down evenly and properly.
Keeping your tires rotated on a regular basis will help them last longer and wear better saving you unnecessary trips to the tire store and giving you a safer, more efficient ride.