Tires are an important safety element of every vehicle, yet some drivers don’t keep up with tire maintenance. Tires support the weight of your car, keep it driving safely, and provide the traction needed to stay on the road. Driving on worn tires can be dangerous and will result in reduced fuel-efficiency. Regular tire rotation is an important way to extend the life of the tires. If you live in Spokane, tire rotation is nearby, at the Knudtsen Chevrolet Service Center in Post Falls, ID.
When you bring your car in for tire rotation near Spokane, the service technician will move the tires to different positions. This typically involves moving the front tires to the rear and the rear tires to the front and switching the sides of one set, usually the rear tires. We’ll go over the different rotation patterns for different types of vehicles.
You can find the correct rotation pattern for your car, truck, SUV or van in the owner’s manual, which will also contain information on how frequently to rotate the tires. A general rule is to rotate the tires every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. This coincides with the recommendations for an oil change, so most service centers will rotate your car’s tires during every routine maintenance visit.
When you keep your car’s tires rotated, it will ensure that they wear evenly. This will help the tires last longer and reduce the chances of a blowout. Tires that wear evenly will provide balanced handling.
If you have a front-wheel-drive vehicle and the tires haven’t been rotated, the front tires will wear faster than the rear tires, causing the car to be difficult to control, especially on wet roads. When the tires are rotated regularly, it will prevent a condition called cupping, which causes cabin vibration and noise. There’s another reason to rotate the tires regularly. Some tire manufacturers specify it as a warranty requirement.
These are the most common tire rotation patterns:
Rearward Cross: This pattern can be used with four-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive vehicles. The rear tires move to the front and stay on the same side of the car. The rear tires switch sides.
X-pattern: This pattern is used with front-wheel-drive vehicles, including sedans and lightweight trucks. The tires are moved from the front to the back, from the back to the front, and both sets of tires switch sides.
Forward Cross: Most front-wheel drive vehicles will use this pattern. The front tires are moved to the back, and the rear tires are moved to the front and switch sides.
While owners can rotate their car’s tires, we don’t recommend it. A qualified service center such as Knudtsen Chevrolet has the experience and the tools to make sure the job is done properly and safely.
Call us to schedule a tire rotation or if you need any other maintenance or repair services. We’re nearby, at 1900 E. Polston Rd. in Post Falls, ID. We have convenient hours to meet your schedule. Check our website for our hours of operation or for directions to our dealership.