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 Why Tire Rotation is Important | Sierra Mazda | Ottawa,
IL  

As you drive, your car's tires are what keep you in contact with the road. Because of this, it's important to regularly take care of your car's tires.

 

Why is Rotating Your Car's Tires So Important?

If you don't want to spend a significant amount of money every year to purchase new tires, it's important that you rotate your vehicle's tires regularly to help extend their lives. Tires typically wear at different rates, depending on the type of drive system you have. For front-wheel-drive vehicles, your vehicle's front tires will lose their traction quicker compared to your vehicle's back tires. You want to make sure that each tire actually wears down at similar rates, which will make it easier to replace them all at once, rather than a couple at a time.

 

When Should I Rotate My Car's Tires?

There are two ways to determine when you should rotate your tires. You can either visually inspect them for uneven wear or use your owner's manual as a guide. A good rule to follow is to rotate the tires as often as you bring your vehicle in for an oil change - more often if your oil-service interval is 10,000 miles.

 

How Should I Rotate My Car's Tires?

The tire rotation pattern you use depends on the type of drive system your vehicle has. For front-drive vehicles, you typically want to move the front tires to the rear on the same side, then move the rear tires diagonally to the front. Those vehicles with rear-wheel drive should follow the opposite. Your rear tires should move to the front on the same side, while your front tires move diagonally to the back. Following this pattern will help your car's tires wear evenly, saving you money in the long run.

The service experts at Sierra Mazda are available to answer all of your questions about tires and the importance of tire rotations; schedule an appointment to have your tires evaluated so you can be confident that your tires are in good condition.