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Do I Need A Tire Rotation?

Tire rotations are a regular part of keeping up with your vehicle's safety and performance. Tires need to be rotated regularly so your tread lasts & wears evenly. However, many drivers tend to overlook the procedure, endangering themselves and their vehicle. 

What is a tire rotation?
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While a tire rotation seems easy enough seeing as our tires rotate everyday when we drive our vehicle, right? Unfortunately, it's not quite that easy!

Rotating your tires includes periodically changing the position of each tire on the vehicle. Like shown in this picture, they are rotated in a few different ways. This ensures that the tires are worn evenly, maximizing the tread life of your tires. In addition to even wear, tire rotations also help to avoid important servicing and tire replacements that could be under stress with an uneven wear.

Signs a tire rotation is needed!

Here are a few noticeable signs that your vehicle is due for a tire rotation.

  1. Uneven Wear Between Tires. In this case, uneven wear doesn't mean an irregular pattern throughout one tread of one tire. With this, you're looking for your front tires wearing faster than the rear ones. Take a good look at your tires, if you see this happening, they need to be rotated as soon as possible.
  2. Vibration. At speeds of 50 KM and higher, you may feel a vibration, which may be caused by uneven wear of your tires. This isn't the only cause for vehicle vibration, nevertheless, when you notice unusual vibration, your tires need to be rotated, balanced or the wheels aligned.
  3. Pressure Loss. If one tire loses air faster than the others, it may mean too much pressure and stress is being put onto it. It's always a good idea to go to a technician for an inspection.

How will uneven tire wear affect my vehicle?

A left worn tire tread or uneven tire wearing can make the process of replacing your tires expedited and force you to purchase tires more regularly. This can also affect other driving components that could be under stress due to uneven wearing as well; for example, the drive train and steering components. In the long run, uneven wear causes dangerous driving as your brake & cornering performance will deteriorate and cause unsafe conditions for you and your vehicle.

Enjoy safer driving, longer lasting tires & longer lasting driving components by regularly rotating your tires. The easiest way to stay on top of a proper rotation schedule is to request a tire rotation at every oil change appointment. You're there anyway, right?!

Our specialists at the Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center are able to help you with all your tire needs, including tire rotations. If you have any questions or would like more information on this or any other automotive concern, please contact our team today.

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