What is Tire Rotation?

Tire Rotation



The purpose of tire rotation is to help your tires last longer by preventing uneven wear. Tire rotation helps maintain traction, prevent blowouts, and even improve fuel economy. Butler Auto Group has the details on this maintenance task. If you have any questions, you can contact us at your convenience about car care.

What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

During tire rotation, tires are moved to different positions because they do not wear the same way. For most vehicles, the front tires will move to the rear and the rear tires will move to the front. In some cases, the tires may also need to switch sides. For example, the tire on the rear left side will be moved to the front right side. Some vehicles require different tire rotation patterns. Before you perform a tire rotation, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:

  • In the majority of cars, the front tires will wear out faster because most of the weight is located at the front. The drivetrain of your vehicle plays a role in how each tire wears down.
  • As an example, if you have a front-wheel drive car, the power is sent to the front axle and wheels to produce forward motion. Because of this, the tires in the front of a FWD car will undergo more wear and tear than the front wheels on an AWD or rear-wheel drive car.
  • The tire rotation pattern varies based on your drivetrain to ensure that no tire wears down too fast compared to the whole set of tires.

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

  • Maintains Traction: The more you drive, the more the tread depth of your tires decreases. A loss of tread depth means traction is reduced. When there is not enough traction between your tires and the road, it can make driving more dangerous. Tire rotations help to prevent uneven tire wear, so each tire has the same amount of tread.
  • Prevents Blowouts: When tires are worn down, there is a higher risk of a tire blowout. This problem can be quite dangerous, especially on busy streets.
  • Improves Performance: If you notice a vibration when you drive, it could be because your tires are not wearing evenly.
  • Maximizes Efficiency: Worn tires create the drag, strain the engine, and increase your fuel consumption.

Trust the Team at Butler Auto Group for Tire Care

A tire rotation should be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. It is a good idea to consult your owner’s manual to see if the manufacturer has different recommendations for your particular make and model. For more information about tire care, do not hesitate to contact the team at Butler Auto Group.

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