What is a Tire Rotation?

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If you’ve been driving long miles through Redmond and Woodinville, it might be time for your scheduled tire rotation. But, just what is a tire rotation and why do you need one? Tire rotations are quick maintenance services designed to even out the wear and tear on your tires. Though it may seem like a simple task, well-maintained tires lead to better traction and fuel economy. Let’s take a closer look at just what does tire rotation do:

What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

Each tire has its own specific place on your vehicle. When you rotate tires, you swap the tires around to a new placement. The new placement of your tires depends on the drivetrain.

  • Front-wheel tires place more stress on the front axle and wheels to drive motion forward and boost efficiency. This means front tires wear more quickly.
  • Rear-wheel tires place more strain on the rear axle and wheels for better weight distribution. This means the rear tires wear more quickly.
  • All-wheel-drive tires place uneven strain on individual tires, which means rotation is even more important. 

Depending on your drivetrain and driving style, your technician will follow the manufacturer-recommended rotation pattern to get the best performance out of your set.

Mechanic with Tires

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

No matter your vehicle configuration, tire rotations offer a ton of benefits:

  • Traction: Uneven tread wear can lead to less control and grip on the  Redmond roads, but rotation can distribute wear more evenly.
  • Safety: The more worn your tires are, the more likely you are to experience blowouts.  Maintaining your tires helps you keep an eye on things like tread, air pressure, and condition.
  • Performance: Poor tire and wheel care can lead to vibrations that can be felt all the way to the steering wheel, as well as less precision and comfort on the road.
  • Efficiency: The more worn your tires, the more drag you create – which cuts down on your fuel economy in a big way.

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Now you know what tire rotation does, so are you due for a visit to the dealership? Feel free to contact us with any questions about maintenance or schedule your service today in Kirkland!

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