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Why Should I Rotate My Tires?


BMW Service Ann Arbor

Rotating your tires is an essential step towards ensuring that you get the most mileage out of your tire investment. By rotating your tires every 3,000 to 5,000 miles (or whenever your technician recommends) you could:

A) Help your tires wear more evenly

The extent of your tire wear depends on a myriad of factors. The weight of your vehicle is not equally distributed onto all four of its tires. The engine and transmission, your vehicle’s heaviest two components, are usually located in the front of the car. All of this extra weight in the front puts more pressure onto the front tires. Furthermore, each time that you apply the brakes and/or make a turn, there is more force and weight applied to the front tires than the rear tires. As a result, front tires tend to wear out faster than the rear tires. This is even more important for vehicles with front-wheel drive because they also handle the driving force as well as weight, braking and steering forces. Additionally, the roads that you drive on, your driving habits, as well as any mechanical issues with your vehicle (ie: alignment or suspension problems) will all directly affect the wear on your tires.

In order to help prevent uneven wear, it is important that your tires are rotated front to rear of your vehicle via a proper tire rotation. This way, each tire is allowed to even out its wear pattern over time, and you should be able to avoid having two really beat-up tires and two decent tires by uniformly sharing the wear.

B) Maintain your vehicle’s safety

Tires with uneven wear may not respond as quickly to sudden stops and/or turns which is a major vehicle safety issue.

C) Save you money

Tire rotation is a great way to extend the life of your tires, and ArborMotion does tire rotation at no cost for tires purchased through our shop. The longer than your tires last, the less often that you will have to buy new ones – ultimately, tire rotation can save you a lot of money.

D) Protect your tire warranty

Most tire manufacturers will not honor a tire warranty unless you can provide paperwork to prove that you had your tires properly rotated. After all, tires are manufactured with the intent of being rotated throughout their lifetime. If the tires are not properly maintained, then they cannot be expected to live up to their tread life warranty.

E) Improve your gas mileage

When your tires are unevenly worn, there is additional friction between the tire and the road surface. This friction causes the engine to have to work a bit harder and your gas mileage could decrease.

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