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How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Saturday, May 23 2015 3:09 PM
By Roger Scholfield
How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Tire rotation is a simple, yet often overlooked, maintenance item that makes your tires last longer. But how often do the tires actually need to be rotated? While it’s always best to follow the schedule recommended by your car’s manufacturer, there are some general guidelines.

Why Is Tire Rotation Necessary?

Rotating the tires on a car means moving them to different axles on the car. It’s important because cars, trucks and SUVs weigh thousands of pounds, and each tire carries a different amount of that weight. For example, the tires on the front of a car carry the weight of the engine and the front passengers, but rear tires carry the added weight of whatever payload you haul. Braking also moves all the weight of a car forward, onto the front tires.

All of these factors, plus mechanical issues like poor suspension or tire alignment, cause tires to wear unevenly. As the treads become smoother and smoother, they are less capable of gripping the road securely. Vehicle safety, handling, and fuel efficiency suffer as a result. Tire rotation helps distribute wear evenly, which will help you get more miles and better traction out of each tire.

When Should You Rotate Your Tires?

For most cars, auto manufacturers recommend rotating the tires whenever you get your oil changed. For the average driver, that means every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, or about every six months. Some Fords, Toyotas, Volkswagens and BMWs can now go 10,000 to 15,000 miles between oil changes, but the tires should still be rotated every six months, even if it means making a special trip to the mechanic.

For Honda owners, the Honda Maintenance Minder will tell you when to come in for an oil change. At Scholfield Honda, we recommend a tire rotation every 7,500 miles, even if your oil doesn’t need to be changed as often.

Where to Get Your Tires Rotated

If you’re considering trying to rotate your tires at home yourself, it’s important to note that all four wheels have to be off the car at the same time. That means to do a tire rotation safely, you need a floor jack and jack stands. If you don’t have access to those things or don’t want to deal with the hassle, any quick lube or auto repair shop should be able to do the job for you. In fact, many places offer tire rotation free with an oil change.

There’s no reason to put off a tire rotation. Scholfield Honda makes it easy, whether you choose our east or west Wichita service location. Our tire rotation service includes a free car wash, battery check and multi-point inspection. Plus, you can enjoy WiFi and free Starbucks while you wait! Visit the Scholfield Honda Auto Service Center online to schedule service and check for coupons.