Tire rotation is the practice of changing the wheels on your vehicle from one position to another.
Harris Tire will rotate your tires from one side of the vehicle to the other, moving them from front to back or a combination of both. This helps to ensure your tire wears evenly so you have better handling and are safer in your car. When done consistently at recommended intervals, tire rotation can preserve balanced handling and traction and even out the wear on your tire. Tire rotation can even provide performance advantages for your car.
What is a Tire Rotation?
A tire rotation is a regular maintenance procedure performed on vehicles to ensure even tire wear and extend the overall lifespan of the tires. During a tire rotation, the position of each tire is changed, typically moving the front tires to the back and vice versa, as well as switching the tires from one side of the vehicle to the other. This process helps distribute the wear and tear more evenly across all four tires, as different positions on a vehicle can cause tires to wear differently due to factors like weight distribution, steering, and braking.
Why Get Your Tires Rotated?
Tire rotation is a fundamental aspect of routine vehicle maintenance that brings several key benefits to both your driving experience and the longevity of your tires. As tires endure different forces based on their position on the vehicle, they can wear unevenly over time. Having your tires worn evenly also extends the life of your tires. With all the rough and winding roads in Lynchburg it doesn’t take much to wear your tire unevenly, but there are other factors that can contribute as well, including:
- Under inflated tires
- Worn shocks
- Misaligned wheels
- Worn components
How Long Does a Tire Rotation Take?
The duration of a tire rotation typically ranges from 30 to 45 minutes. This time frame can vary based on several factors, including the efficiency of the service center, the complexity of the tire removal and reinstallation process, and any additional maintenance tasks that may be performed alongside the rotation, such as a tire balance or alignment check.
Tire Rotation Pattern
The Tire & Rim Association has identified three traditional rotation patterns covering most vehicles. The Standard and Direction patterns are shown in the image. Regular tire rotation helps avoid uneven tire wear that can lead to poor performance and gas mileage. Some tires need to be rotated at specific intervals, while others will need to be rotated depending on the wear.
To find out when your tires need to be rotated, check your vehicle’s owner’s manual or ask one of our tire specialists.