Is Tire Rotation Really Necessary?

January 7th, 2019 by

mechanic holding a service orderThere’s a good chance you’ve heard the term thrown around at your local Elgin service center, but many drivers still have to wonder, is tire rotation really necessary? If you care about your vehicle’s performance, the answer is certainly yes! This routine maintenance task should be performed once every 7,500 miles, and it’s an easy way to improve your traction, maximize your fuel economy, and feel safer the roads around St Charles and Geneva. Neglecting to care for your tires can even lead to dangerous blowouts, so we recommend this procedure highly to our neighbors.

What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

When a technician suggests that you need to rotate your tires, they’re certainly not talking about spinning them around on the axle. In actuality, tire rotation means moving your tires from one position to another. This usually entails moving your front tires to the rear of your vehicle, and vice versa. Depending on your vehicle’s weight distribution, you might also move your tires from side to side. You should consult your owner’s manual for the proper tire rotation pattern to use with you vehicle.

The process is important because most cars carry a greater percentage of their weight up under their hoods, and this means that front tires are quicker to wear out than rear tires. In addition to improving your vehicle’s performance, tire rotation ensures that your tires wear out more evenly and last longer. When you’re ready to replace one or more of your vehicle’s tires, you can always get high-quality components at the Biggers Mazda tire center.

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

The benefits of tire rotation are significant, and once you’ve experienced the difference, you’ll never want to put off this important regular maintenance task:

  • Prevents Blowouts: Many drivers know how scary a blowout can be, but they may not realize that regular tire rotation is one of the best ways to prevent these disasters.
  • Maximizes Efficiency: When you tires are worn down, your engine has to work harder to move your vehicle forward, and this translates to higher costs at the gas pump. When you rotate your tires regularly, you’ll save money on all of your Elgin and Bartlett drives.
  • Improves Performance: When your tires are worn unevenly, they’ll differ ever so slightly in their elasticity and size. This difference can generate unpleasant vibrations and lead to reduced performance on the highway.
  • Maintains Traction: Worn down tires have reduced tread depth, and reduced tread depth translates directly to a loss of traction. The problem is only compounded when one or more tires have significantly less traction than the others! When you rotate your tires, you can maintain tread depth on all of your tires, for longer.

Have All Your Tire Rotation Needs Addressed at Biggers Mazda

If you have any questions, need help identifying some strange car noises, or just want to learn more about the importance of tire rotation, simply contact Biggers Mazda, or schedule service with us today!