If we asked you to name the most important safety features in your car, the chances are the tires won’t make it onto the list. But the tires are your car’s single point of contact with the road. Rotating the tires is one of the best things you can do to keep them running trouble-free. Fortunately, if you live in Rathdrum, tire rotation is easy when you bring your car, truck, SUV or van to the Knudtsen Chevrolet Service Center in Post Falls.
When to Rotate the Tires
Tires wear at different rates. The wheels that drive the vehicle will wear faster than the other tires. Because front-wheel-drive vehicles use the front wheels to drive, steer and brake the car, the front tires will wear more quickly than the rear tires. Rotating the tires allows them to wear evenly and last longer.
When you bring your car in for tire rotation in Rathdrum, the service technician will move them to different locations. The front tires are usually moved to the rear, and the rear tires are moved to the front. Then, the front or rear tires will switch sides.
In general, tire rotation should be performed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Many service centers will rotate the tires during each scheduled maintenance visit. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for more information on recommended tire-rotation intervals.
When you bring your car to the Knudtsen Chevrolet Service Center for tire rotation, the service technicians will check the tires for damage. They’ll inspect the wheel rims, which can get bent by potholes. They’ll also check for other common problems such as cupping and blistering of the sidewall.
Tire cupping can be caused by several factors, including uneven tread wear, a worn suspension or shocks or unbalanced tires. When the tires are cupped, you’ll hear noise in the cabin, and you’ll likely feel the steering wheel or seat vibrating.
A blistered sidewall can occur if the vehicle hits a deep pothole hard. The result is a bulge where the tire is weakened. If left unrepaired, it can cause a flat tire or a blowout, leading to an accident.
Tire Rotation Patterns
We’ll start by pointing out that while you can rotate your car’s tires yourself, this job is best left to a professional service center that has the tools and experience to do the job properly and safely. There are three tire-rotation patterns that most modern vehicles can use, as long as they’re not unidirectional or different sizes:
1. Front-wheel-drive vehicles: The front tires move to the rear, and the rear tires move to the front and switch sides.
2. Rear-wheel-drive vehicles: The rear tires move to the front, and the front tires move to the rear and switch sides.
3. All-wheel drive vehicles: The front tires move to the rear, the rear tires move to the front, and both sets of tires switch sides.
Contact us if you have any questions about tire rotation or to make an appointment. We’re minutes away in Post Falls, ready to help. Check our website for our service hours and directions.