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How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires

Tires are often the last thing on people’s mind when they think about their car’s maintenance and automotive health. The truth of the matter is, your vehicle’s tires are the most important thing between you and the road. Maintaining your tires will allow you to enjoy the full extent of its life cycle and allow you to travel for thousands upon thousands of miles. In this month’s blog we will discuss how often you should rotate your tires and the types of rotation patterns.

When to Rotate Your Tires

It is recommended that you rotate your tires at least every 6 months or about 5,000 to 8,000 miles. However, if you drive your vehicle much more often, you may need to get your tires rotated every oil change or about 3,000 to 5,000 miles. By rotating your tires with the recommended frequency, they will even out their wear and tear and ultimately have an extended life.

It is also important to understand that the frequency in which your tire wears out also depends on whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive (FWD), rear-wheel drive (RWD), or all-wheel drive (AWD). The type and size of the tires should also be taken into consideration. If you are uncertain, your vehicle’s manual will provide specifics.

Rotation Patterns

Depending on the type of vehicle you own, you will have different tire rotation patterns. Your owner’s manual will specify what type of rotation pattern your vehicle needs. For FWD, the front tires are swapped straight to the rear and the rear tires are cross-swapped to the front. For RWD, the rear tires are swapped straight to the front and the front tires are cross-swapped to the rear. Finally for AWD, all four tires are crisscrossed. 

Conclusion

Overall, a tire rotation also provides a mechanic the opportunity to further inspect your tires for any damages or problems, such as deflation or blistering. For all of your tire rotation and automotive needs, rely on H.W. Automotive Inc. Our certified mechanics are well-experienced professionals who will make sure you and your vehicle receive efficient and effective service. Call us at (405) 702-4098 or visit our website for more information about our services.

Detecting Wear and Tear on Your Tires

Have you recently checked your tires? As you look around the side of your car, you may notice that your tires have become more scuffed up and worn out, and the tread probably has some damage from driving long distances over the years. No matter how long you’ve had your set of tires, it’s important to inspect them every now and then. In our blog, we discuss the signs of wear and tear on your tires, and also help you determine if you need new ones!

Cupping and Scalloping

Cupping and scalloping happens when worn or damaged suspension components cause the tire to bounce as it moves forward, coming down harder on some spots of the tire than others. Bad shock absorbers are the usual cause; although, anything that connects to the wheel can be a concern. Unbalanced wheels may also cause cupping or bald spots to form.

Cracking and Expanding

If your wheels have come into contact with potholes or curbs, cracking can occur. Also, large ruptures running along the rim can be caused by impact or under-inflation, while small cracks in the sidewall or tread usually form from exposure to the elements and age. (An important note for drivers to read: Under-inflation and over-inflation put tires at a greater risk of damage from impact.)

Outer Edge Wear

A common cause of outer edge wear is under-inflation. As the tire pressure drops, it can cause the tire itself to flex more, and the heat that builds up can cause an unwanted blowout. Under-inflated tires don’t absorb bumps well, and may knock the front end out of alignment or damage the suspension. Another reminder for drivers: don’t rely on the car’s tire-pressure monitoring system to let you know when a tire is low on air. – Check your tires manually!

Single Side Wear

Is your car’s incline-setting off? If so, your tire is probably leaning too far to one side. Worn or damaged springs, ball joints, and suspension bushings can also cause single-side wear. As we mentioned above, some probable causes can be from driving with heavy loads or forgetting tire rotations. If you’re experiencing side wear on your tires, having your tires aligned can be an easy fix!

Conclusion

Examining the wear and tear on your tires can detect wheel problems and more. For a professional tire inspection, visit H.W. Automotive Inc. Our expert mechanics will check your tires so you can drive safe on the road! Click here to view our website.

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