Owning a car comes with the responsibility of staying on top of the maintenance services. When you perform maintenance in the proper intervals, it can greatly decrease the amount of expenses throughout the life of the car. When you bring your car in for regular service checks, professional auto specialists will often check your fluids for cleanliness and fullness, and will usually check your tire pressure and tread. It is important that they check the tires, because a tire blowout can cause a serious accident. When tires wear too thin or don’t have enough air in them, this can be problematic because the amount of surface area of the rubber that comes into contact with the pavement is increased, and gives more opportunity for a sharp object to puncture the tire, in addition to creating increased friction between the rubber and the ground which heats up the rubber, causing it to expand and then finally explode, usually at high speeds. Replacing tires can be quite expensive, and most car owners avoid replacing them at all costs. One way to extend the life of all four of your tires is to have them rotated on a routine basis.
Tire wear remains even
Tire rotation is highly important to every car owner or driver, and it is one car service that is usually relative quick, and cheap. Some auto mechanics offer lifetime tire rotations if you purchase your tires there. When you get your tires rotated, the goal is to essentially evenly spread out the wear of all four tires so that they can be used for as long as possible. Every car comes with a manual that has service intervals, or a routine maintenance schedule. Generally rotation of tires consists of moving the tire placement around, switching back to front, right to left, or diagonal. The method of rotation will depend on what the tread and tire wear looks like on all four tires; if some tires need more wear on the outer edge, than they will move the tires accordingly. Because roads are often paved at a slant, and not all roads or cars are created equally, tires are bound to wear unevenly. However, uneven tire wear may be due to an issue with another part of your vehicle sometimes.
It will extend the life of the tires
If your tires are wearing unevenly, your mechanic will be able to let you know if it is due to another, more serious issue with your vehicle. This is another reason why it is important to bring your car in for a tire rotation. The more often you can afford to bring your car in for such routine services, the better; this gives the mechanic more frequent opportunities to inspect your car for abnormal wear, or for any damaged parts that need replacing. It is important to catch potential issues early so that you can prevent any real damages from occurring, costing you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars down the road. This is called “preventive maintenance,” and tire rotation is one very important piece. In fact, rotating your tires can extend the life of the tires for thousands of miles—who wants to spend hundreds of dollars on new tires sooner than they have to?
It will keep you safe
Rotating tires helps to keep you safe. As previously mentioned, tire blowouts are a common occurrence when car owners do not stay on top of tire maintenance. Every time you bring your tires in to be rotated, they undergo a full inspection for nails, debris, uneven wear, and low tire pressure. Any of those mentioned can be serious issues for safety concerns, because any one of them could cause your tire to go flat at a high speed, blowout, or leak air progressively over time. In addition to checking tire pressure, mechanics will also check your brakes; because they must remove all the tires, the brakes are in easy view, and they can perform maintenance or repair on them in a two-for-one kind of deal. Issues with tire pressure or brakes are a few of the reasons why you may be found on the roadside stranded, or involved in an accident; this is why rotating your tires is of the utmost importance and should be a priority for all drivers.
Owning a car is sometimes a stressful undertaking; we usually don’t realize how much money and effort is involved in owning one until we are faced with our first big repair or maintenance service bill. Luckily, there are many auto mechanics who have excellent reputations for producing honest, trustworthy work while keeping funds at a minimum for their customers. While these are few and far between, likely there is one close by you that will provide excellent service. When your car starts to act up, or you notice a change in its driving, the first thing you should do is pay close attention to how your car is performing; if you notice any questionable noises or odd reactions, you should bring your car into a trusted automotive center which can help diagnose the problem. The most important thing is to stay on top of any odd behavior your car undergoes, because the sooner you catch an issue, then the less you will end up paying for repairs. If you wait too long, sometimes a chain reaction occurs where multiple parts need to be replaced or repaired due to prolonged service.
Vibration in the steering wheel
One of the most commonly diagnosed issues with car repairs is a bad shock absorber. Shock absorbers are exactly what the name states they are: they absorb the movement of the vehicle to make the ride as smooth as possible, while protecting other vital parts of the car from violently jerking and bouncing around at all times. Shock absorbers themselves are relatively affordable parts; however, the price of the part will depend on the type of vehicle you own. There are symptoms and warning signs that one should keep an eye out for; it is important to detect an issue with shock absorbers earlier to prevent further damage to other parts of the vehicle, making the mechanic trip even more costly. Generally one of the first warning signs will be vibration in the steering wheel—more so than usual. Vibrating in the steering wheel means that your shock absorbers are no longer taking on the vibrations and bumps in the road throughout your drive. Depending on the severity of the symptom, a vibrating steering wheel can be difficult to control at higher speeds.
Rattling noise & abnormal bouncy ride
Another symptom of deteriorated shock absorbers is a rattling noise or an abnormally bouncy ride. This symptom may be particularly noticeable when you are going over potholes, speed bumps, or hilly roads. This is one of the more severe signs of shock absorber erosion. If your car is abnormally rocky or bumpy feeling, it is critical to take it into a trusted mechanic for an immediate inspection—this could be putting unnecessary pressure or friction on other car parts which can easily become damaged by the shock absorbers failing to adequately do their job. Upon further investigation, you may also notice uneven tire wear. Your tire wear says a lot about how your car is driving, and can be a diagnostic feature for mechanics to figure out what area of your car is experiencing an issue and is in need of repair. When your tires wear unevenly, it can be a hazard in and of itself.
Increase in braking distance
Another feature, and perhaps the most dangerous, of bad shock absorbers, is an increase in braking distance. When you notice your braking distance has suddenly increased, it may not always be an issue related to the brakes. As you know from driver’s education courses, the faster your car is going, the more braking distance you need between you and the car in front of you. When your shock absorbers begin to fail and you have not yet correctly accounted for this malfunction, it can cause a serious accident. Rear-ending the person in front of you is an automatic at-fault accident that will likely affect your car insurance rates. Staying on top of preventive maintenance is important for several reasons: safety, efficiency, and cost; your car will be safer the more often mechanics inspect it, it will be more efficient in its use of fuel, and it will end up costing you less in the long run with insurance claims or other damaged parts in need of repair. Do yourself a favor and bring your car in for a shock absorber inspection; it will be a good opportunity to have other preventive maintenance performed.