One of the routine auto care tasks necessary to keep your car running smoothly is a tire rotation. During this process, tires are traded between the front and back of the vehicle and from one side to the other to compensate for the uneven tread wear that tires experience at different positions. Taking your car to a mechanic for a tire rotation every six months or 6,000 to 8,000 miles provides all of the following benefits.
Why Should You Rotate Tires as Part of Your Auto Care Routine?
1. Better Handling
The tread of your car's tires has a dramatic effect on how much traction you get against the road. This is important both when braking and turning. When you rotate your tires regularly, you ensure they'll maintain good traction for as long as possible, making the car easier and safer to drive.
2. Longer Tire Life Span
When your tire's tread wears down to the right depth, the tire needs to be replaced. This is true even if the tread is only worn in one spot, leaving other areas almost unused. By moving the tire to a new position, you can start using the unused areas; for example, if a tire's right rim is starting to wear down, you can switch it over to a position where the left rim gets the most use.
3. Longer Warranty
If you have a warranty or insurance on your tires, you may be able to have them replaced at a discounted rate if they're damaged. However, the coverage comes with terms and conditions. A tire rotation is one of the auto care requirements you need to fulfill to keep the tires in the best shape possible and qualify for this type of coverage.
If you're overdue for a tire rotation or other maintenance service, call Professional Automotive in Anchorage, AK. For over 25 years, they've provided auto care for both imported and domestic vehicles. They use computer diagnostic tools to pinpoint problems with your engine and ensure they're repaired correctly and can be trusted to tell you the truth about your car's repair needs. To schedule an appointment, call (907) 562-2471 or visit them online.