Tire Rotation Service In Louisville, KY
Taking your vehicle for a regular tire rotation should be a key part of your maintenance regimen for your car or truck. Rotating the tires helps to ensure equal wear over time, which can allow your tires to perform better for longer and improve your vehicle’s driving performance. But what does a mechanic actually do when rotating your tires? Let’s take a look.
Tire Rotation: The Basics
As you drive your car, the tires on the front typically endure more wear. That’s because they’re placed under more strain when you turn corners or switch lanes on the highway. Additionally, the front of your vehicle is generally heavier than the back due to its engine, which places extra pressure on the tires. After some time, the difference of wear on your front and back tires can lead to a decline in your vehicle’s performance, especially when you drive on wet, slippery surfaces. If your tires aren’t rotated in time, problems in your vehicle’s performance can result and you may have no choice but to buy a fresh set of tires.
You can postpone this considerable expense by having your tires regularly rotated. By shifting the front tires to the back and changing tires to the opposite side in some cars, the tread wear on your tires can be balanced out more evenly. As a result, your tires are likely to have a longer life span.
What Happens During a Tire Rotation?
When you bring your car to our dealership, our technician can inspect your tires for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Then, they’ll remove the tires from your vehicle by loosening their nuts and bolts and move them to their new positions. This process can vary according to the type of tire your vehicle has and your manufacturer’s recommendations.
180-Degree Tire Rotation
A lot of modern vehicles have tires with unique patterns that allow them to be rotated 180 degrees while remaining identical. If your tires have treads like these, our mechanic will rotate your front tires to the opposite side of the back of your vehicle. For example, this means that your left front tire will be placed on the back right and vice versa. Similarly, your rear tires will be moved to the opposite side on the front, so your rear right tire will now be positioned on the left side of your vehicle at the front and vice versa.
Directional Tread Tire Rotation
Some vehicles have tires with a directional tread. This means that the treads are different between the left and right sides of your vehicle to optimize their performance when they hit the road. If this is the case for your vehicle, the tire rotation involves swapping the back and front tires but keeping them on the same side. Our mechanic will therefore be switching the back and front tires on the left side of your vehicle before performing the same procedure on the right side.
Other Tire Rotation Variations
Your vehicle may have a spare tire. Provided it is a full-size tire and not just one for temporary use in an emergency, it can also be included in the rotation process. Usually, a mechanic will rotate the tires as normal, but exchange the tire that should be on the back right with the spare tire. This method won’t always be possible if your tires have directional treads.
Another variation applies if your vehicle has double wheels at the back. In this case, the rotation takes place within a triangle system made up of one front tire and two back tires on each side of your vehicle. In this scenario, the front tire is typically moved to the inside back tire position, while the inside rear tire moves across to the outside, and the outside rear tire takes its place at the front.
Does Anything Else Happen During a Tire Rotation?
Our qualified auto technicians will take the opportunity when rotating your tires to perform some basic maintenance checks on them. This can include making sure that each tire has the correct pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. They will also check the nuts and bolts for any sign of damage.
A tire rotation service also allows our mechanics to check your wheel alignment. This is important because if your wheels are even slightly out of line, uneven wear on your tires can occur despite them being regularly rotated. Making small adjustments to your car’s wheel alignment to ensure this doesn’t occur is a relatively quick task for a qualified technician. Many of them use computer-assisted technology to get the most accurate results when realigning your wheels.
When Should I Rotate My Tires?
The best approach is to consult your owner’s manual to find out the recommendation from your manufacturer. If it doesn’t contain one, a good pattern to follow is to have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles of driving. On average, this works out at about every second oil change, which should be performed every three months.
The critical thing is to make sure that you follow a regular pattern with your tire rotation service. Rotating your tires won’t have the desired effect if you have them rotated after 5,000 miles of driving the first time around, then wait 10,000 miles before rotating them for a second time. The result of this could be uneven wear on the tires that can lead to problems in the long run.
So that’s it — we hope we’ve been able to give you a good idea of what tire rotation services are all about. If you’ve got questions about any part of the tire rotation service, or about specific requirements for your vehicle, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly team of experts for advice and assistance. And of course, when you’re ready to schedule your next tire rotation, you can contact us to make an appointment so we can help you keep your vehicle running smoothly on the road.