Why select Main Street Shell for your tire rotation?
It’s no secret that Northern Virginia roads can put your car through the wringer. Potholes, uneven pavement, broken glass, nails and tight turns all take their toll on your tires. The weight of your car alone pressing on your tires wears them down. Plus, most cars are designed with the engine in the front of your vehicle, meaning your front tires have to carry more weight than the back ones. Long-term, this leads to uneven weight distribution among your vehicle’s tires. Regular tire rotations are key to maintaining even tread wear, which ultimately prolongs the life of your tires.
The Tire Industry Association Certified Professionals at Main Street Shell use top-of-the-line technology to make sure your tire rotation evens out any disparities between your tires, front to back and side to side.
What is tire rotation and why do I need to do it?
Contrary to how it sounds, a tire rotation at Main Street Shell doesn’t involve spinning your tires but rather shifting the position of your tires on your vehicle. During a tire rotation, a technician will remove a tire from its current position and switch it to another in order to evenly distribute the pressure on each tire. Your vehicle’s engine and steering systems combined can amount to about 60% of your vehicle’s overall weight, so rotating the positions of your tires equalizes the weight distribution and prevents uneven tread wear.
Where your tires are repositioned will depend on your driving habits, the kind of vehicle you have, the make and model, the previous rotation pattern, and whether you have directional or non-directional tires. Directional tires have specifically-designed tread grooves built for one specific position on your vehicle, whether it’s the left versus right side or the front versus back of your vehicle. Non-directional tires, however, are suited to any position on your vehicle.
The rotation pattern our technicians use during a tire rotation will ensure that your tires get the refresh that they need to stay in their best condition and live their longest.
Virginia Tire & Auto’s Tire Rotation includes:
- Removing the tires
- Inspecting the wear patterns
- Completing a tire rotation in accordance with the correct rotation pattern
- Resetting the Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS), if applicable
- Visual brake inspection
How often should I rotate my tires?
The Tire Industry Association recommends that you get a tire rotation every 5,000–7,000 miles. This may vary depending on your vehicle, so check your owner’s manual to make sure you’re rotating your tires as often as your vehicle needs. If you often drive on bumpy or rough roads or you feel like something’s off, come into Main Street Shell to have your tires rotated.
Consistent tire rotations preserve your tires’ tread depth for as long as possible, getting you better gas mileage and a longer lifespan out of your tires.
What happens if I skip my tire rotations?
Treadwear caused by uneven weight distribution can lead to shaking while driving and cause an unpredictable effect on stopping distance, potentially putting you and your passengers in danger out on the road. Your vehicle’s driveline system could also be put at risk if your tires always stay in the same spot on your vehicle.
As the main point of contact between the road and your vehicle, your tires take the most impact and need to be maintained in order to protect the rest of your vehicle from damage. When you skip your tire rotations, it can lead to more frequent tire replacements, more repairs and more trips to the gas pump.
Read: How Tire Tread Depth Affects Stopping Distance
Are tire rotations included in tires&?
With our tires& bundle, which comes with every new tire purchase at Main Street Shell, you get free lifetime tire rotations. Since tire rotations should occur every 5,000–7,000 miles, we want to make them as accessible as possible for our customers.
We don’t stop caring about your tires when you drive them off the lot. That’s why we back up our work with great guarantees and great warranties, so you’ll never have to stress about your tire care again.
Schedule a Tire Rotation in Fairfax, VA
If it’s been a while since your last tire rotation, it’s time to stop on by. Visit Main Street Shell or call 855.425.3677 to schedule an appointment for a tire rotation today and drive away with a smoother, more even ride.