Keep On Rolling - Maintain the Life of Your Tires

Published April 10, 2018

Have you ever thought about the fact that your tires are the only part of your vehicle that touches the road? Even though this simple fact paints the importance of keeping your tires properly maintained, many drivers don’t give much thought to their tires and often neglect vital tire maintenance. Keeping up with the following tire services can prevent and correct uneven wear on your tires.

Tire Rotation

When You Need It: 6,000 to 8,000 miles.

Tire rotation is an essential part of tire maintenance for long tire life. A tire rotation is simply the process of moving the tires (with the wheel still attached) to different axles of the car. Each tire on your vehicle supports a different amount of weight depending on the vehicle’s design; this unequal distribution of weight can cause the tires to wear at different rates. So when you have your tires rotated, tread life can be improved by stopping wear rates associated with certain axles to help prevent irregular tread wear.

Always check your vehicle owner’s manual for specific rotation recommendations for your vehicle. If the owner’s manual doesn’t specify a rotation schedule, defer to the tire manufacturer’s rotation recommendations

Drivers should never try to rotate their own tires; tire technicians who have the proper training and equipment will get the job done safely.


When You Need It: Every 12 months/12,000 miles.

A proper alignment is crucial to precise steering and even tread wear. If you notice uneven front or rear tire wear or changes in steering, your vehicle may need an alignment.

For regular maintenance, you should have an alignment done roughly once a year. Many service providers will also check your alignment as part of an oil change regimen.

An alignment is the adjustment of your vehicle’s suspension (what connects your car to the wheels). An alignment also adjusts the angles of your tires.


When You Need It: Following Certain Repairs, Signs of Vibration or Once a Year.

A tire/wheel balance is often done with an alignment and is also a vital part of your vehicle and tire life.

When your tires are first put on the wheels, a machine checks the weight around the wheel. If there is as little as 1/4-ounce difference in weight around the wheel, a weight is added to correct the difference, thus balancing the tire/wheel. Overtime, your tire/wheel assembly will become unbalanced.

If you are driving on unbalanced tires you will most likely feel vibration, which contributes to premature tire wear and wear to your vehicle’s suspension. You should get your tires balanced after any kind of repair where your tire is remounted, at the first sign of vibration, or at least once of year if you don’t experience problems.
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