Tires are an important component of every vehicle, yet many drivers take them for granted. Tires help keep your car safe, affect performance, and provide proper traction. Worn or uneven tires are dangerous to ride on. They can even reduce fuel economy. When you’re looking for the best tire rotation service near Cottonwood, visit the Flagstaff Chevrolet Service Center.
When the service technician rotates your car’s tires, they’ll move them from one position to another. Typically, this means switching the front and rear tire positions and changing the sides of one set of tires. The left and right rear tires move to the front and change sides, while the front tires move to the rear and stay on the same sides.
There are specific rotation patterns for different vehicles. The rotation pattern for your particular car, truck, SUV or van can be found in the owner’s manual. In general, the tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. A good rule of thumb is to rotate the tires whenever you get an oil change. If you live in Cottonwood, tire rotation is included with your scheduled maintenance visits when you bring your vehicle to Flagstaff Chevrolet.
Tire rotation is important because it helps to ensure the tires will wear evenly. This can extend their life and prevent the likelihood of an accident caused by a blowout. Tires that wear evenly will provide your vehicle with balanced handling.
Suppose you have a front-wheel-drive vehicle and don’t rotate the tires. In that case, the front tires will wear faster than the rear tires, making the car harder to control in an emergency, particularly when driving on a wet road. Rotating the tires will also prevent cupping, which can cause vibrations and cabin noise. And some manufacturers require the tires to be rotated regularly as a warranty requirement.
These are some different rotation patterns for front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive vehicles:
In front-wheel-drive vehicles, the front tires wear faster than the rear tires since the front wheels send power to the road and are used for steering. These tires are properly rotated as outlined above: the front tires move to the rear, and the rear tires move to the front and switch left to right. Front-wheel drive vehicles have another pattern that can be used. The front tires are transferred to the back and switch sides, and the rear tires move to the front and switch sides.
All-Wheel Drive and Rear-Wheel Drive
Vehicles with all-wheel drive may have significant differences in tire tread depth. This can place stress on the drivetrain, so they may need to be rotated more frequently. For All-wheel-drive and rear-wheel drive, the rear tires move to the front, and the front tires move to the rear and switch positions.
While you can rotate your vehicle’s tires yourself, it’s best to have the work performed by technicians at qualified service center like the Flagstaff Chevrolet Service Center. They have the tools and the experience to ensure the job is done safely and correctly.