Why Should I Have My Tires Rotated?
Many people wonder if tire rotation is something they need to do, or if it’s just another way for shops to make money. All too often, tire care is one of the last things car owners think about. The truth is, tires greatly affect car safety and more, and shouldn’t be ignored. That includes having your tires rotated on a regular basis, which we will gladly do here at Nissan of Canton.
By rotating the tires on your car, you’re actually extending their life. Thanks to the differences in what front and rear tires do, they don’t wear the same way. After all, the front tires rotate as you move the steering wheel, putting them under a different strain. That alone guarantees that your tires wear unevenly, unless you have them rotated.
On all cars, tire rotation involves moving the front tires to the back, and the back tires to the front. Whether your tires are switched from the driver’s to the passenger’s side depends on the type of tires you own.
If you don’t rotate your tires, the ones in the front will wear down sooner. Keeping them rotated means all the tires last longer, pushing the expense of buying new tires out. That, in the long run, will save you money.
In addition, many warranties for tires require you have them rotated after a certain number of miles driven. Voiding your warranty can have negative financial consequences, too.
You might not realize it, but keeping your tires rotated helps you stay safer. Well-maintained tires with even tread perform better. That means they accelerate, stop, and handle at better levels than tires that are neglected and have uneven tread wear.
The only part of a vehicle that contacts the road surface is the tire. It affects how much traction or grip you experience. You might have experienced the sensation of your car sliding on a wet or icy road because the tires were worn down.
Each of these aspects have a very real effect on safety. Not being able to stop soon enough, turn sharply, and even accelerate suddenly can be the difference between avoiding a crash and not.
When your tires are rotated, they’re balanced, too. That’s important, because over time your tires will no longer spin perfectly. As they become imbalanced, your tires and wheels develop a wobble.
You might not notice the wobble, because your car’s suspension soaks it up. If left, the vibrations eventually will become so bad you’ll feel them. Even in the early stages, and imbalanced tire places your suspension under extra load as the components move and deal with the extra vibrations.
Keeping your tires balanced can help your suspension last longer. That, of course, will also help you financially. Also, as tires come out of balance, they will start to bounce. That leads to uneven tire wear. It negatively impacts handling and stopping, which are both safety issues.
How often your tires should be rotated depends on the tires you buy, among other factors. Contact our service department at Nissan of Canton for personalized advice on rotating and otherwise maintaining your car’s tires.