Although tires are part of every vehicle’s fundamental safety components, some drivers don’t keep their tires regularly maintained. Tires carry the car’s weight, which lets you drive safely. They also provide the traction that keeps your vehicle on the road. Driving on worn tires is dangerous. It can also cost you money in the form of lower fuel economy. Bringing your vehicle for regular tire rotation service will extend the life of the tires and help ensure your vehicle is safe. If you live or work in Athol, tire rotation service is nearby when you visit Knudtsen Chevrolet in Post Falls.
When you bring your car to the Knudtsen Chevrolet Service Center for tire rotation service near Athol, our skilled service technicians will move the tires to different locations. Typically, this means the front and rear tires switch places, and the rear tires move from left to right and right to left.
Your car’s owner’s manual will specify the proper rotation pattern for your model, as well as the correct rotation frequency. Usually, the tires will need to be rotated at 5,000 to 7,000-mile intervals. As this is the same period as scheduled maintenance visits, most service centers will include a tire rotation as part of each regular maintenance visit.
Rotating the tires helps them to wear evenly. The tires will last longer, and your vehicle will handle better. Additionally, you’ll reduce the chances of experiencing a blowout while you’re driving.
If your car has front-wheel drive and you don’t rotate the tires, the front tires will wear out more quickly than the rear tires. You’ll find it difficult to control the vehicle, particularly when driving in rain and snow.
If the tires aren’t rotated regularly, it can cause them to become cupped. This creates noise and vibration inside the car. Some manufacturers specify that the tires must be rotated regularly as a condition of the warranty.
These are the tire rotation patters most vehicles will use:
Rearward cross: This pattern is used with four-and rear-wheel-drive vehicles. The front and rear tires switch places, and the tires in the rear are moved to opposite sides of the car.
X-pattern: This is a pattern for cars with front-wheel drive. The front and rear tires switch, and both sets of tires move to the opposite sides.
Forward Cross: This pattern is used with front-wheel-drive cars. The front tires move to the rear, and the rear tires move to the front and switch sides.
While it’s possible to rotate your car’s tires yourself, we don’t recommend it. Most owners don’t have the proper tools and the experience necessary to do the job properly and safely. If your vehicle needs a tire rotation, bring it to the experts at the Knudtsen Chevrolet Service Center.
Contact the Knudtsen Chevrolet Service Center to make an appointment for tire rotation or schedule your visit on our website. You can find us at 1900 E. Polston Ave. in Post Falls. We’re about a half-hour from Athol. Visit our website for our hours and directions.