Why Rotate Tires? What Does Rotating Your Tires Do?

Mercedes-Benz service technician performing wheel alignment

 

Everyone knows you’re supposed to rotate the tires on your vehicle, but few know exactly why. Why is tire rotation important? Why rotate tires at all? What does rotating your tires do, even? Our service centre staff wants you to be safe when travelling on out Surrey area roads. So, let’s talk about, not only why it’s important, but also how often to rotate the tires on your car.

Why Rotate Tires Regularly?

What does rotating your tires do? Tire rotation ensures that all of the tires on your vehicle wear evenly as you drive along our Langley streets. And with the money you can save by taking advantage of our service specials, you don’t really have a reason not to rotate your tires regularly. Here are some reasons why you should rotate your tires on a regular basis:

  • Regularly rotated tires last longer.
  • Unevenly worn tires can be dangerous on slippery roads or in an emergency.
  • Unevenly worn tires on an AWD vehicle can cause undue strain on the drivetrain.
  • Neglecting to rotate your tires could void your warranty.

How Often to Rotate Tires

Did you know that rotating your tires benefits other parts of your car? What does rotating your tires do for your drivetrain, for instance? If your car is a 4WD or AWD, tire rotation can keep the drivetrain from overworking when distributing torque among the wheels. Here’s how often to rotate tires, in case you’re considering doing it yourself:

4WD, FWD, and RWD Vehicles

  • How often to rotate tires: every 9,600 to 12,800 kilometres
  • Rotate the front driver side tire with the rear passenger side tire
  • Rotate the front passenger side tire with the rear driver side tire

Dually pickup trucks (with four rear wheels)

  • How often to rotate tires: every 9,600 to 12,800 kilometres or every six months
  • Rear inside tire on the passenger side: transfer to front passenger side
  • Rear outside tire on the passenger side: transfer to the inside
  • Rear inside tire on the driver side: transfer to front driver side
  • Rear outside tire on the driver side: transfer to the inside
  • Front driver side tire: transfer to rear driver side outside
  • Front passenger side tire: transfer to rear passenger side outside

All-Wheel Drive Vehicles

  • How often to rotate tires: every 8,000 to 11,000 kilometres
  • Don’t do this yourself! Leave rotating tires on an AWD to professionals only

Schedule Your Next Tire Rotation with Mercedes-Benz Surrey

Trust your car to the tire experts in our service centre. We’ll get your tires rotated correctly and have you back on the road in no time. So, schedule an appointment online. And, if you’d like to learn more, check out our post on how to check tire tread depth. We’re just a short drive away from Richmond, so drop by or contact us today.

 

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