What is Tire Rotation?

A tire rotation is done to prevent any one of your tires from wearing down too fast, extending the life of your set of tires over time. This service is essential as it maintains traction, prevents blowouts, and improves fuel economy on the roads in Kettering. Learn more about tire rotations with the team at Mercedes-Benz of Centerville, and be sure to schedule your next service appointment when it’s time for your next rotation. 

What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

Tires are moved from one area to another on your vehicle. Typically, the front tires will go to the rear and vice versa. They could also change sides, where the rear left front tire will end up as the front right tire – this is known as the tire rotation pattern. Learn more tire rotation basics below:

  • Most cars carry more weight at the front, which means the front tires will wear faster, but the type of drivetrain your car has also affects the rate at which each tire wears down. 
  • So, in FWD vehicles, the power goes to the front axle and wheels to produce forward motion. Because of this, the front tires wear down faster than they would in rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or four-wheel drive models.
  • Also, your vehicle’s drivetrain affects the tire rotation pattern to ensure that no single tire wears down too fast compared to the set of tires.

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

  • Maintains Traction: As tires wear down, they start to lose tire tread depth, which means traction is reduced, and that can interfere with your ability to safely control your vehicle in certain situations. Preventing uneven tire wear ensures that all of your tires will have the same amount of tread.
  • Prevents Blowouts: Tires become more likely to fail as they wear down. If you’ve ever experienced a blow out on Springboro roads, then you’ll know just how unpleasant and potentially dangerous it can be.
  • Improves Performance: Tires working together with uneven wear will typically produce vibration that you will start to feel through the steering wheel.
  • Maximizes Efficiency: Worn tires create drag, strain the engine, and increase your fuel consumption.

Get Additional Tire Care Tips at Mercedes-Benz of Centerville

Typically, tires should be rotated every six months or 5,000 to 8,000 miles, whichever comes first. Keep your tires in top shape by visiting our service center near Oakwood for its routine tire rotation. Be sure to check out our service specials, and don’t hesitate to contact our service center if you have any questions.

 

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