What is Tire Rotation?

2019 Kia Stinger Tire
 

Tire rotation is a common maintenance practice meant to prevent any one tire from wearing down too fast. This can extend the life of all four tires over time. It’s important for maintaining traction, preventing blowouts, and can even improve fuel economy on Greensboro roads. Learn more about tire rotation at Carolina Kia of High Point, and contact us if you have questions or want further car care tips!

What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

Tire rotation is a simple practice: tires are rotated from one position on a vehicle to another. In general, the front tires are moved to the rear and the rear tires to the front. Tires may also be rotated from side to side, meaning the rear left tire will end up as the front right tire — a common tire rotation pattern. Here are some tire rotation basics:

  • Since there’s typically more weight at the front of a vehicle, front tires tend to wear down faster. However, your powertrain also affects how rapidly tires wear out. 
  • If you have a front-wheel drive vehicle, power goes to the front axle and wheels, which produces forward motion. As such, front tires will wear out faster in this type of vehicle than with other drivetrain types. Your drivetrain also determines the kind of tire rotation pattern used on your vehicle.

How Does Tire Rotation Help?

  • Prevents Blowouts: Tires are more likely to fail as they wear down, and may blow out during use. Having a blowout as you drive around Kernersville is not only frightening, but can lead to an accident and may cause severe damage.
  • Maintains Traction: Tire tread loss is a product of wear and tear, and results in reduced traction. Consequently, your chances of losing control in difficult driving conditions increase. Regular tire rotation maintains even wear on each tire. 
  • Improves Handling: An unpleasant vibration may result if your tires are wearing unevenly. This vibration can even be felt through the steering wheel.
  • Improves Efficiency: Worn-down tires cause your vehicle to drag, force the engine to work harder, and lead to poor mileage

Depend on Carolina Kia of High Point for Tire Care Needs

As a general rule, tire rotation should be done every six months, or every 5,000 to 8,000 miles — whichever comes first. Your owner’s manual has model-specific information on how frequently you should rotate your tires. In Thomasville, rely on your local authorized Kia service center! You can also check our rotating service specials to save on your next visit.

 

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