What is Tire Rotation?

February 12th, 2019 by

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You may have heard the term tire rotation mentioned in terms of routine maintenance for your vehicle, but what exactly does that mean, and what does a tire rotation involve?

What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

When you rotate your vehicle’s tires, you’re moving them from one position to another. The front tires will move back to the same or opposite sides, and the back tires will do the same. This helps the tires wear more evenly.

Most vehicles carry more weight in the front, causing the front tires to wear quicker. When you rotate your tires and the front tires switch places with the back tires, it prevents uneven wear and improves the lifespan of your tires as you drive from Alpharetta and Dawsonville and back.

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

  • Maintains Traction: When tires start to wear down, they lose tread depth. A lack of tread depth means reduced traction, which can make controlling your vehicle more difficult in certain situations. Preventing uneven tire wear helps ensure that all tires have the same amount of tread.
  • Prevents Blowouts: As tires wear down, the chances increase that they can fail. This can lead to a blowout as you’re driving around the Gainesville area. Tire rotations help you avoid this dangerous and scary occurrence.
  • Improves Performance: Tires that are worn unevenly can cause a vibration, which you’ll eventually feel through your steering wheel. This can be distracting or worrisome while you’re trying to drive.
  • Maximizes Efficiency: Worn tires create drag, which puts a strain on the engine and causes it to use more fuel, meaning you’ll be stopping for gas more frequently.

You know why tire rotation is important. Now, find out how often to rotate tires in order to ensure great performance.

Have Your Tire Rotated at Lou Sobh Kia

For a professional tire rotation, contact the team at the Lou Sobh Kia service center in Cumming. We’re happy to answer all your tire-related questions and help you out with your routine maintenance needs.

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