Tires are an extremely important part of your vehicle. After all, they’re what connects your car to the road! To keep your tires in tip-top shape to ensure you always have a safe and responsive drive, it’s important to get your tires rotated.
Getting your tires rotated on a regular basis is essential to making sure they wear properly and evenly, so they last longer as you travel around Dartmouth, New Bedford, and Fall River. Learn how often to rotate tires and how the service team at Dartmouth Nissan can help you today!
Why Tire Rotation Is Important
The tread on your tires is what allows your wheels to grip the road confidently. It moves water, snow, and debris out of the way and allows your tires to maintain maximum surface area contact. To keep an eye on the condition of the tire tread, many drivers use the “penny trick,” where they insert a penny into the tread. If you can see Abe Lincoln’s head, your tread is still in good condition.
Along which checking the tread, though, every driver should rotate their tires. Without rotating your tires, they could wear unevenly, meaning that one or two of your tires won’t have the traction of the others, which can cause issues on the road. It’s even more important for vehicles with 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, as these need to have equal grip as they all move the vehicle forward.
How Often to Rotate Tires
How often to rotate tires is a huge question and a very common one. In general, most mechanics will tell you somewhere around every 5,000 miles is the right time to rotate your tires. However, it’s also true that tire rotation should be a part of your scheduled maintenance.
When you check your car’s maintenance schedule, it should tell you at what intervals your tires need to be changed, whether it’s at 5,000 miles, 10,000 miles, or some other interval. Check your owner’s manual to find out what interval your tire rotation needs to be performed. In general, it’s going to be a part of your ongoing maintenance, meaning whenever you get your oil changed, you might have your tires rotated.
Can I Do It Myself?
Rotating tires isn’t a difficult thing to do. If you can change a tire, you can rotate your tires. However, it does require that the whole car be raised, so you’ll need jack stands at the very least. The whole vehicle must be raised, so you can freely move the tires.
Usually, rotating the tires just means moving your front tires to the back, and the back to the front. If you’re working on a rear-wheel, 4WD, or AWD vehicle, rotate diagonally.
Get Service at Dartmouth Nissan
If you’re around Dartmouth, New Bedford, or Fall River, the highly skilled service team at Dartmouth Nissan can help you with any maintenance you need. Give us a call for more information on how often to rotate tires or to schedule your appointment today.