We have a complicated relationship with cars. It’s one of give and take; the car gives us freedom to go where we please and a comfortable environment to do it in, and all it asks in return is a little bit of attention through maintenance. The longer you wait to perform basic tasks like oil changes, the more upset your car gets, and the bigger the problem when one manifests.
But here’s one thing that you can do to keep your car in good working order: tire rotations. They sound intimidating, but it is actually a very simple process that takes only minutes and can make your can handle, accelerate, and brake better. On the other hand, not rotating tires means that you will need to replace them more often, and you sacrifice some safety and ride comfort by having the oldest, most worn tires in the spot that puts the most stress on them.
The logic behind rotating your tires is simple. Tires on a car or a truck do not wear evenly. Depending on the kind of car you have, the front tires may wear out faster than the rear, or vice versa. Even individual cars will have certain “wear patterns,” and a tire in the rear of the car may wear down in different places than the front tire on the same side. If you rotate the tires at regular intervals, then you are making sure that the tires with the best traction are in the place where they can do most good. Plus, rotating tires makes them last longer, so you won’t have to spring for a new set nearly as often.
How is it done? Well, at Performance Plus Tire, we have a technician remove all four wheels and tires and put them in a new spot. The most common rotation is simply taking the front wheels and moving them to the back, but the exact pattern varies between different makes, models, and brands of tire. After that, the technician makes sure to tighten the wheels according to factory specs, and you can be on your way in a better performing, safer vehicle. It’s simple, fast, and can save you a lot of headaches in the future. That’s not too shabby for something that you only need to do every 5,000 or 10,000 miles.
Need a rotation? Not sure, but want a professional opinion? Need the job done and don’t want to get your hands dirty? Performance Plus Tire would love to help! Visit our superstore and we will make sure the job gets done right.