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Signs To Note When Your Car Needs Tyre Rotation

Rotating your tires as part of your regularly scheduled vehicle maintenance has many benefits. It helps to maintain an even amount of treadwear on all 4 tires. That prolongs the life of your tires, leads to improved gas mileage and a smoother more comfortable ride. Regularly rotating your tires can also prolong the life of your vehicle’s suspension components by reducing vibrations. Since you need to remove the wheels to rotate your tires, you get the opportunity to look over the undercarriage components and catch any problems in the very early stages which can save you money down the road. Also, many tire manufacturers require regular tire rotation in order to keep the mileage warranty valid. A good rule of thumb is to rotate your tires at the same intervals you get your oil changed whether your tires show uneven wear signs or not. While this is a good recommendation, you should always follow the guidelines in your vehicle’s owner manual for timing as well as the best rotation pattern for your vehicle and type of tires. These are signs when your car needs urgent rotation:


Uneven tire wear

Uneven tire wear is the most common sign that you may need your tires rotated. You can check this by measuring the tread depth in multiple spots on each tire. If the measurements are drastically differently, your tires are wearing unevenly. Tread feathering is one of the most common wear pattern when tires are not properly rotated. You can feel “feathering” by running your hand along the tire tread. The tread blocks will have rounded edges on one side and sharp edges on the other. It is important to keep in mind that rotating your tires will not correct wear problems due to worn mechanical parts, incorrect inflation pressures or alignment problems.

Uneven front to rear tread wear

While each tire can wear unevenly, tires on the front axle can also wear differently than tires on the rear axle. Regularly rotating them allows the tires to serve in both front and rear positions which help to even out the wear. Although regular rotation can help with uneven wear, different tread wear patterns can help diagnosis other problems you may be having.

Tire noise and vibration

When tires wear unevenly, it causes increased road noise and vibrations. While vibrations can be felt in other parts of the car, it is most commonly noticed in the steering wheel.

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