Why is Tire Rotation Important?

February 14th, 2019 by

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Committing to regular tire rotations can both extend the life of your tires and boost the performance of your vehicle. What does tire rotation do exactly? Regularly rotating tires helps prevent any individual tire from wearing out before the others. Learn more about tire rotation below and then visit our Metro Honda service center to see if your tires are in need of a rotation today!

How Does Drivetrain Affect Tire Rotation?

Your drivetrain is just one of the many factors that can impact how your tires wear. Accelerating, braking, turning your wheels, and going around curves in Bayonne all require friction between your tires. This friction ultimately causes your tire treads to wear. Depending on your drivetrain, your tire treads will wear out at different rates.

  • Front-wheel drive vehicle: In FWD vehicles, the engine power is directed to the front wheels, which are responsible for steering, starting and most of the stopping force. This causes the front tires to wear out the fastest.
  • Rear-wheel drive vehicle: With this drivetrain, engine power is directed to the rear wheels, but the front wheels are still responsible for steering and much of braking. The rear tires will still wear out faster than the front tires, although at a generally slower rate.
  • All-wheel drive vehicle: An AWD drivetrain distributes power evenly to all wheels, which should mean tires will wear more evenly. Still, there are many experts out there that maintain that the rear tires will still wear out faster.
  • Intelligent all-wheel drive systems: Going around curves means different levels on strain and friction on the inside tires vs. outside tires. Some advanced all-wheel drive systems can even direct power to an individual wheel while driving around a curve for better cornering, which will further affect tire life.

What Happens if I Don’t Rotate My Tires?

Like with most recommended vehicle service, skipping out can lead to greater problems and expense down the line. If you don’t schedule service for tire rotation every 5,000-7,500 miles (or every time you get your oil changed) you can expect your tires to wear out faster. Failing to rotate and replace tires at the proper time can lead to disastrous consequences:

  • Poor traction and skidding on the roads
  • Faster deterioration of brake pads
  • Flat tires and blowouts

Keep Your Vehicle in Good Shape at Metro Honda

If you want to know more about tire care or get any other service tips, come to Metro Honda near Staten Island. When you are ready to bring your vehicle in for the next tire rotation, be sure to browse our service specials so you can get a great deal! While you’re waiting during your next tire rotation, we can tell you all about the great food joints to eat at while you visit.

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