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Why Rotate Your Tires?

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No matter how long you’ve been driving in Kettering and Springboro, you’ve likely been told that, like oil changes, your car requires routine tire rotations to help it perform. Why rotate tires? And what does rotating your tires do, anyway? Well, tire rotation is designed to achieve an even rate of treadwear across all four of your tires. This not only helps your tires last longer, but more importantly, ensures you always have good traction. Learn more about how tire rotation helps your vehicle with the Bob Ross Buick GMC service department, below!

What Does Rotating Your Tires Do? 

Every time you accelerate, brake, or turn while out and about in Bellbrook, you’re creating friction underneath your tires. Friction causes your tire treads to wear out, but depending on the type of drivetrain your vehicle employs, the treadwear doesn’t occur at an even rate. This means that two of your tires could be significantly more worn than the others, which would give you poor traction on the road. This is what rotating your tires does — it helps ensure that all four tires are wearing out at a balanced rate. 

  • Front-wheel drive: In vehicles with FWD, engine power is distributed to the front wheels — the wheels responsible for steering and a large amount of stopping force. This causes the front tires to wear out faster than the rear tires. 
  • Rear-wheel drive: Vehicles with RWD distribute engine power to the rear wheels. However, the front wheels remain responsible for steering and a large amount of braking. Still, the rear tires tend to wear out faster than the front tires. 
  • All-wheel drive: With AWD, engine power is distributed more evenly because all four wheels are working together at all times. However, some experts maintain that even on an AWD vehicle, the rear tires tend to wear out the fastest.

How Often to Rotate Tires

Now that you understand why we rotate tires and what tire rotation does, you’re probably wondering how often to rotate tires. A good rule of thumb to follow is every 5,000–8,000 miles. However, how often to rotate your tires might vary depending on your drivetrain, vehicle type, and driving habits. You should check your owner’s manual as the best source of truth, but you can also contact our service advisors to get help creating a personalized rotation schedule. 

What Could Happen If I Don’t Rotate My Tires? 

Whether you entrust our service department to rotate your tires or you prefer to rotate your tires yourself, it’s very important that you follow a strict schedule. If you don’t rotate your tires regularly, your tire tread will start to wear out unevenly, which can cause the following issues:

  • Poor traction and skidding on the roads
  • More rapid deterioration of brake pads
  • Flat tires and blowouts

Schedule Tire Rotation in Centerville

Is your vehicle overdue for tire rotation? You can count on the service department at Bob Ross Buick GMC to provide fast and affordable service, so you can get back to cruising around Centerville safely! Book an appointment online to get started, and be sure to check out our current service offers to save on essential maintenance.

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