What is Tire Rotation?

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Tire care is essential for your vehicle’s safety and performance, but sometimes all of the car jargon can seem a little confusing. So, just what is a tire rotation, and why do you need one? Tire rotations involve moving each tire to a new position on the vehicle. This means that every tire receives equal wear and tear over time, so you can get the longest lifespan possible out of your set. Proper tire maintenance can affect everything from your fuel economy to your handling, so it’s important to stick to the manufacturer-recommended schedule in Winter Haven. Find out what tire rotation does below, and learn when to schedule your next service with our team!


What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

Now you know what is a tire rotation, but what does rotating tires really mean? What does your technician do when you drop off the keys? Your technician will follow a specific tire rotation pattern, which is based on your drivetrain, to evenly distribute wear. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Because the engine is in the front of the vehicle, the majority of the weight is also on the front half of the vehicle. This tends to accelerate the wear on the front tires, especially on front-wheel drive models.
  • Your drivetrain also affects which tires receive the most stress from driving. A front-wheel-drive car sends engine power to the front tires, which means they go through tread much faster than the rear tires. 
  • This is why tire rotation patterns will differ from all-wheel drive to front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive models. Each configuration has its own needs for the Haines City roads.

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

  • Maintains Traction: Proper tread levels are crucial for good traction, which enables you to stay grounded on the Frostproof roads. Tire rotations help to preserve that traction.
  • Prevents Blowouts: Low tread levels also lead to potential blowouts on the road. Not only is this dangerous but also expensive to fix at the service center. 
  • Improves Performance: When half of your tires wear faster than the others, it can throw your entire car off balance and even cause vibrations. Properly maintained tires create a much smoother ride.
  • Maximizes Efficiency: When your tires are worn, this causes your engine to work harder to keep up. A good set of tires can actually boost your fuel economy!

Visit Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for Expert Tire Care

Tires should be rotated every six months or every 5,000 miles to 8,000 miles of Avon Park driving — whichever comes first. While you can check your owner’s manual for specifics, you can also contact us at Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to learn more! What if you’re ready for your next maintenance visit? Schedule your service appointment at your convenience in Lake Wales and be sure to check our service specials to see how you can save on your next tire rotation!


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