Is Tire Rotation a Good Idea?
Yes and No. A better question to ask our technicians would be, “Is a tire rotation a good idea for my vehicle?”
What is involved in the process of rotating a vehicle’s tires? Simply put it is moving tires to a new location, right to left, front to back or even diagonally.
Here is a great video that explains tire rotation.
Why would we do that to your vehicle?
There are several valid reasons for rotating your tires. Tires tend to wear unevenly because they are each exposed to different stresses.
For example; your front tires will have to do different work than your back tires. They will wear differently because they are used to steer the vehicle. This will create extra wear and tear on the outside edges. Your back tires on the other hand, simply follow in a straight line.
Uneven wear means you’ll be replacing your tires sooner than needed. Depending on how uneven the wear is, it could mean losing out on thousands of miles of additional usage.
Rotating tires can also make for a safer and smoother ride.
Other explanations for why your tires may wear differently might be how the weight is distributed across your vehicle. Most vehicles have the engine in the front, meaning there is more weight over the front tires than the rear.
If you have a front-wheel-drive vehicle, the need for more frequent tire rotation can be increased because of the additional weight of the transaxle.
Tire manufacturers will have recommended tire rotation frequencies and patterns. These can range from 8,000 km to 10,000 km.
When is it not a good idea to rotate tires?
The vast majority of the time it is not only safe but highly recommended that you rotate your tires on a regular basis. In a small number of instances, an automobile with staggered wheels, or running on unidirectional or asymmetrical tires, may need to be rotated using a different method, or perhaps remounted in a different location.
That is why you should always take the time to ask your Paragon Motors technician. They are the experts and will know what is best for your vehicle.