What is Tire Rotation?

Tire Rotation


Tire rotation helps tires wear more evenly, so you do not have to replace the entire set as often. Tire rotations are also beneficial so you can maintain optimal traction, prevent blowouts, and even improve fuel economy as you commute through Arlington. Alexandria Volkswagen has the details on tire rotation and what it entails. You do not want to skip this important maintenance task.

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

  • Maintains Traction: Tire tread depth is lost as tires age. The less tread depth the tire has, the less traction there is. Tires that do not have an adequate amount to tread can be dangerous, especially when roads are wet and slick.
  • Prevents Blowouts: Tire blowouts are more likely if your tires are worn.
  • Improves Performance: Are you feeling a vibration in the steering wheel? It could mean that your tires are experiencing uneven wear.
  • Maximizes Efficiency: Worn tires create drag and cause the engine to work harder. When this happens, your car is not operating as efficiently as it should.

What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

Tire rotation is easy enough to understand: tires are moved from one position on a vehicle to another. For most vehicles, this involves transferring the front tires to the rear and the rear tires to the front. Your vehicle may require a specific rotation pattern where some of the tires also swap sides. For example, the rear left tire would become the front right tire. Here are some tire rotation basics:

  • In most cars, the majority of the weight is carried at the front of the vehicle, which causes the front tires to wear down sooner. The type of drivetrain your vehicle has will also affect the rate at which each tire wears down.
  • If you have a FWD car, power is sent to the front axle and wheels to produce forward motion. Because of this, these tires experience more wear and tear than the front tires of a RWD car or an AWD model.
  • This also means that your vehicle’s drivetrain will also affect the tire rotation pattern. You do not want some tires to wear down quicker than others.

Turn to Alexandria Volkswagen for Tire Care

As a general rule, tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. However, your owner’s manual may suggest a different interval for your particular make and model. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. If your vehicle is in need of a tire rotation, set up an appointment today. We are also happy to help provide other maintenance tips, like how to get the smoke smell out of a car.

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