What is Tire Rotation?

Changing a wheel

Wondering what tire rotation does for you and your Toyota vehicle? The most important reason for doing tire rotations is to prevent rapid tire wear, thus extending the lifespan of your current tires drastically. The advantages of regular tire rotations, such as improved fuel efficiency, blowout prevention, and enhanced traction on Tallahassee roads, simply can’t be ignored. 

Find out more about what tire rotation is with the service experts at Peter Boulware Toyota below! Have any questions along the way? Feel free to contact us online to learn more service and parts tips

What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

So, what is tire rotation? Basically, the tires are moved from one position on a vehicle to another. In the majority of cases, the front tires will move to the rear and the rear tires will move to the front. They may also change sides, so what was the rear left tire will end up as the front right tire — this is commonly referred to as the tire rotation pattern. The crucial elements to keep in mind about tire rotation patterns are that:

  • Most cars carry more weight at the front, so front tires will typically wear out faster, but the type of drivetrain your vehicle has will also affect the rate at which each tire wears down. 
  • For example, in front-wheel drive vehicles, power is sent to the front axle and wheels to produce forward motion. Therefore the front tires will wear down faster than they would in rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or four-wheel drive models.

What Does Tire Rotation Do For Your Vehicle?

  • Maximizes Fuel Efficiency: Worn tires create drag, strain the engine, and increase your fuel consumption.
  • Improves Performance and Handling: Tires working together that have uneven wear often produce vibration, which you’ll eventually feel through the steering wheel.
  • Prevents Tire Blowouts: Tires become more likely to fail as they get worn down. If you’ve ever had a blowout as you drive around Thomasville, you’ll know how unpleasant and potentially dangerous it can be.
  • Maintains Tire Traction: When tires wear down, they lose tire tread depth. A loss of tread depth means traction is reduced, which can interfere with your ability to control the vehicle in certain situations. Preventing uneven tire wear helps ensure that all tires have the same amount of tread.

Get Your Tires Rotated at Peter Boulware Toyota in Tallahassee

Remember – your tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first.However, you should always consult your owner’s manual so you know when to visit us at Peter Boulware Toyota for routine tire service. Just make sure you browse our available service specials so you can save money on your upcoming vehicle maintenance!

 

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