Recommended Tire Rotation ServiceTips to help your tires last longer
Recommended Tire Rotation Service
Knowing when to rotate your tires will help save you money!
Most tire shops will recommend rotating your tires every 6,000 miles. Rotating your tires every 6,000 miles will help all the tires wear evenly and last longer.
Some people will argue and state that not rotating the tires will save you money since you'll only need to purchase replacement tires for the 2 that have the most wear or least amount of tread. This is not true. By not rotating your tires you'll end up wearing all the tires down faster due to an imbalance in tread wear which causes the vehicle to shake as you drive. This shake will ultimately cause you to need 4 new tires faster than if you had rotated them.
Each time you have your oil changed, it's also good to check the tread on your tires to verify whether you need a tire rotation or need to purchase new tires. Believe it or not, a penny can be used as a quick and easy way to check whether you need to buy new tires or get a rotation.
What if you've missed the recommended tire rotation?
If you're as busy as I am then you've probably missed having your tires rotated at the recommended 6,000 miles. When this happened to me there was a difference in the amount of wear between the front and back tires so the service center suggested that I skip the rotation and just replace the two worst tires. My back tires still had enough tread to pass an inspection but my front tires were pretty worn so I replaced the front two tires. Ultimately I should have replaced all four since I ended up purchasing new tires for the back when I reached the recommended rotation mileage. Oh well, at least I saved myself $425 for a few months.
Some tips to help your tires last longer:
The penny check:
Be sure you are viewing the side of the penny with Abraham Lincoln on it and then turn him upside down. Now insert the penny into one of the tread grooves on your tire. If your tire tread reaches the top of his hair but doesn't cover any of his hair, break out your wallet and cry... you need new tires. If the tread covers his hair and reaches his forehead, smile... you do not need new tires.
- Avoid taking corners quickly
- Avoid taking off quickly
- Avoid stopping quickly
- Avoid carrying heavy loads for long periods of time
- Avoid towing heavy items
- Maintain good shocks and struts
- Maintain proper air pressure
- Maintain proper tire balance and alignment
- Rotate your tires every other oil change if you use regular oil
- Rotate your tires every oil change if you use synthetic oil
All these tips and suggestions for tire rotation and longevity are great but the best method for maintaining your tires would be to follow the recommended tire pressure and rotation service in your owner's manual.