Somersworth Auto Repair

Why Should I Rotate My Tires?

 “Why should I Rotate My Tires?” is a common question Motorists in Somersworth and Dover ask. In normal driving conditions around the seacoast of New Hampshire, your front Tires Wear more on the shoulders because they handle much of the cornering forces in turns. Front-wheel drive vehicles have even more force on the front Tires. We Rotate the tires so that all the Tires do some miles on the front end as well as on the back end. This allows for all four Tires to Wear More Evenly over their Life and last longer.

For most vehicles in Somersworth and Dover, Tires are Rotated front to back. Some Manufacturers Recommend a cross Rotational pattern that may include the spare tire, and some High-Performance Vehicles have different sized Tires and may even have Uni-Directional Tires that can only be on the left or right side of the vehicle. We will be sure to check all the information regarding your Vehicle and the Tires and Rotate the Tires in the appropriate manner. Your Tire Manufacturer will have a recommendation for how often you should Rotate Your Tires. We Recommend Rotating Your Tires every 5,000 miles, which is every oil change (if using synthetic oil). Let’s move on to Wheel Balancing. That’s when there are heavy spots on the Tire and Wheel that cause it to wobble. Balancing adds Weights to the Wheel to Balance it out. Now, we are talking about very small Weight differences. Variations in the Tire and Wheel manufacturer can cause a slight imbalance. The Valve Stem and Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors in the Tire also play into the equation.

Even small differences can cause Annoying Vibrations at Speed, the wheel is essentially bouncing a bit as it goes down the road. For example, at Freeway Speed, an Out of Balance Wheel can be slamming into the road 14 times a second. That’s annoying and can cause your Tires to Wear Out More Quickly. If a Front Wheel is out of balance, you’ll feel the Vibration through the Steering Wheel. When it is a Rear Tire, you’ll feel the vibration through your seat. We Recommend Balancing Your Tires every 10,000 miles, which is every other oil change (if using synthetic oil). You should Balance your Wheels whenever you get a New Tire or Remount a Tire. If you’re getting bad vibes from your Vehicle, bring it in to 470 High Street, Somersworth, NH 03878 or call us at (603)953-0047, we would be happy to perform a Tire Rotation and Balance on your vehicle.

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