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By the end of this article, you will understand the meaning of the phrase: Healthy tires, healthy car. Tires must be rotated and inspected every 5,000 miles. You would not walk for months on end in sneakers with a hole in the bottom, would you? A tire rotation is the shoe repair your car needs to function properly.
Tire rotation is the process of changing the position of tires on a car. This necessary process ensures even wear on all of the wheels. During a professional tire rotation, the mechanic will not only rotate the tires, but also adjust the air pressure accordingly and examine the brakes.
On any vehicle, wheels will wear out varying on their placement. Since the majority of cars keep their engines in the front, the front tires bear more weight than the rear ones. Front wheel tires also experience extra wear due to braking and steering. This means rotations are an easy way to keep things running smoothly and avoid accidents related to tire pressure and tread.
Two Processes, One Visit
Tire rotations can be done alongside oil changes, as a tire rotation needs to be done every 5,000 miles. Many companies offer a combination discount for oil changes and tire rotations, so be sure to check out local and national deals to help save some pennies.
Tire companies have warranties for their products. It is important to read these agreements because tire rotations are required to keep the warranty valid. If your warranty is not valid, you will be spending more money if the tire fails unexpectedly. Further, replacing a tire can lead to wear issues on the other tires, especially if it is a different type than the one originally provided.
Spend Less On Gas
Speaking of money, the pressure checks during a tire rotation can help you save on gas, big time! According to Fuel Economy, you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated with the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by .3% per 1psi drop in pressure of all four tires.
Extend Tire Life
Another consequence of lack of rotation is underinflation. You cannot tell if a tire has the correct inflation just by looking at it, as a tire can be as much as 50% underinflated without looking flat. Underinflation leads to reduced fuel economy, poor handling, delays while applying brakes, and extra stress on tire components. Tire failure due to underinflation is also a cause of many accidents on the road.
Low spots, bald spots, and low treads form when tires become worn out. These conditions cause the vehicle to lose traction on the ground. Tread’s purpose is to funnel water out from underneath the wheels. When the tire has low tread, the car can slide out of control. This is known as hydroplaning.
Hydroplaning is not the only risk, however. Did you know that according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tire issues account for 1 of 11 crashes on the road, including tread separations, blowouts, and bald tires? Tire safety, and therefore tire rotations, play a big role in protecting you on the road.
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