How Often Should You Rotate Tires?

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Our team of experts here at Ira Toyota of Danvers has put together the following guide to help you determine how often you should rotate your tires. If you call Danvers, Peabody, or Salem your home, we invite you to take a brief moment to review the information below. We’ll also be going over why it’s important to have your tires rotated and what to look out for to make sure they’re always in proper driving condition.  Schedule a service appointment to get started.

The Importance of Rotating Your Tires

Tire Rotations

Tires should be rotated about every six months, or every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. We normally recommend getting your tires rotated during your oil change.

When tires get rotated from wheel to wheel on a regular basis, they stand a better chance of lasting longer. This is because rotating them gives them the opportunity to wear in a healthy, even manner. If tires aren’t rotated about every six months or so, they’ll start to wear unevenly. This uneven wear and tear can result in a substantially reduced lifespan.

For example, when a tire is left on the front of the car for too long, it’ll start to wear down more around the outside of the tread. Similarly, a tire that spends too much time in the rear will show signs of aging in the middle of the tread.

Brief Tire Inspection

Taking some time to perform a brief inspection of your tires is a good habit to get into. Whether it’s in the mornings before you set out to start your day or in the evenings when the day’s driving is done, these quick checks can take place at whatever time is most convenient for you.

Below are a few important items to watch out for that may indicate it’s time to have your tires inspected by a professional mechanic to determine whether they need to be repaired or replaced:

  • Uneven wear: Uneven wear is a sure sign that a rotation is in order.
  • Cracks: Cracking or swelling in the sidewalls or treads will tell you it’s time to have them replaced.
  • Tire separation: Is the tread on one or more of your tires breaking away? If so, have it looked at right away.

Tire Pressure

Additionally, keep an eye on your tire pressure. Making sure the air in your tires is at the right level goes a long way toward helping them last longer. This is because when the tire is properly inflated, the air spreads out and causes even wear. If there is too much or too little air, a tire will wear unevenly and consequently not last as long.

Key Behaviors

In addition to the above hints, certain things your car does will also tell you to rotate your tires. These include pulling to one side and difficult steering.

Remember to Rotate Your Tires

If during your regular drives around Danvers, Peabody, and Salem, MA, you’re noticing any of these warning signs that it might be time to have your tires rotated, repaired, or replaced, our experienced automotive technicians will be happy to help. Contact Ira Toyota of Danvers today to get started.