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maintenance November 26, 2014

Tire Rotation: Why is it important?

Rotating your vehicles’ tires is a fundamental part of tire maintenance. Your tires are the only contact between your vehicle and the road. Regular tire rotation improves the performance of your tires and helps distribute tire wear evenly, extending the life of your tires and ultimately saving you money.

Most vehicles have the engine in front, bearing more weight on the front tires  than the rear. Front tires also tend to wear faster than rear tires due to added steering pressure and resistance. Your driving style and the condition of your suspension can also cause tires to wear differently, depending on their position on the vehicle. 

At Virginia Tire & Auto a tire rotation includes removing the tires, inspecting the wear patterns, rotating the tires in accordance with the correct rotation pattern, resetting the Tire Pressure Monitors also known as TPMS (as applicable) and a visual brake inspection.

Routine tire rotations are required by most tire manufacturers to maintain the Tread Wear Warranty. Before rotating your tires, the Rubber Manufactures Association suggests referring to your vehicles owner’s manual for rotation recommendations. If no rotation period is specified, tires should be rotated approximately every 5,000 miles. However, rotate your tires sooner if irregular wear develops, damage from incidents like hitting a pothole or curb may create uneven tire wear.

Regularly rotating your tires helps maintain safety and achieve even tread wear and long tread life. This simple maintenance will assist you in getting the most miles out of your tires, improving your cars handling and amplifying traction on all four wheels.

If you purchase tires from Virginia Tire & Auto, you are entitled to a lifetime of free tire rotations at any of our 13 NOVA locations. Click here to set up your tire rotation today!  

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