Why do your tires need to be rotated?
Tire rotation is a great preventative maintenance step that will preserve tires by equalizing front-to-rear and side-to-side wear rates. Front and rear tires wear differently, based on your vehicle’s drivetrain. For example, if your car is a front or all-wheel drive, then wear will generally be greater on the front tires. If your vehicle is rear wheel drive, your back tires will wear faster. Things like potholes and driving over bumpy and rocky roads can further exacerbate uneven tire wear. In addition, turning causes uneven wear on tire shoulders. Rotating your tires is an inexpensive way to extend the lifespan of your tires.
Generally, rotating your tires about twice a year should be enough to ensure that all of your tires wear at an even rate. A rule of thumb that many vehicle owners follow is a rotation every other oil change. However, if you drive your car a lot, it may be wise to have your tires rotated more often. Tires should generally be rotated about every 10,000 km. Even tire wear can help extend the lifespan of your tires, and will also improve your car’s performance on the road.
If you switch to winter tires every fall, and back to all-seasons in spring, you can simply have your tires rotated then. At GV tires, our experienced technicians are knowledgeable about corrects rotation patterns and will be sure to adhere to your tire manufacturer’s warranty when performing the tire rotation. If your vehicle is overdue for a tire rotation, give us a call or drop by one of our locations for a quote. We have two locations in the lower mainland to serve you best, one in Langley and one in New Westminster. We are open 7 days a week and have flexible business hours for your convenience. We look forward to attending to your automotive needs and ensuring that your vehicle is running at it’s safest for you and your family.