Do I Need a Tire Rotation?

June 5th, 2022 by

Your tires have a limited lifespan, but there are steps you can take to help prolong the life of yours. Routine tire rotation service from Medlin Mazda can certainly help.

What is a Tire Rotation?

We expect a lot of our tires. They endure a lot of strain, even during a normal drive. A tire rotation involves moving your wheels and tires from one position to another on your vehicle. This way, none of your tires take on more of the brunt of the work than others.

If they aren’t rotated, your tires will wear unevenly. This diminishes your vehicle’s performance, as well as your gas mileage. It can also leave your tires prone to damage, requiring an expensive premature replacement.

How Does a Tire Rotation Work?

For your safety, it’s best to have a professional rotate your tires since you’ll need to lift it to do so. There are different rotation patterns, depending on your vehicle’s drivetrain.  Some vehicles simply exchange tires from the front to back, while many rotations require exchanging the tires’ side on the vehicle too.  Rotation patterns include:

  • Front to back
  • Side to side
  • Frontward cross
  • Rearward cross
  • X-pattern

Signs You Need a Tire Rotation

As a general rule, you should have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles (or every six months). However, there are times you may need one sooner. These warning signs signal it’s time to schedule a tire rotation.

  • Uneven wear on your tires
  • Your vehicle vibrates at high speeds
  • One tire is losing pressure faster than the others
  • Your vehicle drags to one side

Don’t wait until it’s too late to schedule a tire rotation. Contact our Mazda service center in Wilson, NC to schedule a service appointment today. We’ll have you back on the road in no time!

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