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Why Is Tire Rotation So Important?

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.

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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?

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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.