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Understanding Tire Rotations

Tire Rotations:  Don't be lazy.  Save your tires, your tire warranty and your wallet.

This is one of, if not, the most important tire maintenance programs to follow.

1)  Vehicles should have their tires rotated every 5 to 6k (thousand) miles.

2)  Tires on the front end wear differently than they do on the rear end.


The front tires may wear out faster than the rear tires. 
Front tires typically wear more on the inner and outer shoulders.
Rear tires typically wear more in the center.

- When you routinely rotate the tires you are able to spread the wear burden of all 4 tires by rotating the tires location and axel.

- If not done every 5k to 6k miles, this infrequency of rotations can account for up to a 50% loss of a tires longevity. 

- This also affects your tire’s warranty:

- Without proof of consistent routine scheduled tire rotations, most tire retail facilities and tire manufacturers will void your tires of any possible
  mileage warranty that the tire has with it. 

- Another benefit of visiting the retail center for rotations:  They are able to closely monitor and inspect your tires wear correcting any issues and
  notifying you of problems before it’s too late.



A customer brings their vehicle in for it’s first 5k mile rotation.  The tire tech notices that the front tires have more inside edge/shoulder wear than the outside edge/shoulder wear. 

In this case, an alignment issue has been diagnosed, suggested to customer and serviced enabling the tires to continue on with a correct and balanced wear cycle. 

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