What is the Tire Rotation Process?

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If you are curious about the tire rotation process you’ve come to the right place. It is performed to prevent any one tire from wearing down too fast, which can extend the life of the entire set of tires over time. This is important to maintain traction, prevent blowouts, and even improve fuel economy on Altoona roads. Read our guide below about tire rotation at McCall Motors, and contact us if you have any questions or want to get more car care tips!

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

Tire rotations involve moving tires from one position to another based on where the engine is sending the power. Most often, the front tires will move to the rear and the rear tires will move to the front. Additionally, tires can also change sides. So, what was the rear left tire will end up as the front right tire. This is what is known as a tire rotation pattern. Here are some additional tire rotation basics:

  • Typically, front tires wear out faster. That’s because most cars carry more weight at the front. However, your vehicle’s drivetrain will also affect the rate at which each tire wears down. 
  • Front-wheel drive vehicles, for example, have engine power sent to the front axle and wheels. This causes the front tires will wear down quicker than they would in rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or four-wheel drive models.
  • This means that your tire rotation pattern is dictated in part by the drivetrain of your vehicle.

What Does Rotating Tires Mean for Tire Performance?

  • Maintains Traction: Tire tread depth decreases as tires wear down. This tread depth loss means that your tire’s traction is reduced. Reduced tire traction can decrease your control while your driving through Johnstown.
  • Avoid Blowouts: A blowout can be dangerous and inconvienent, and is more likely to happen if your tires are worn down. 
  • Preserves Performance: Tires that are unevenly worn can create a vibration that you’ll eventually feel through the steering wheel. 
  • Optimizes Efficiency: Tires that are overly worn can decrease fuel efficiency, create drag, put strain on the engine. 

Visit McCall Motors for Tire Care Needs

Tire recommendations are generally recommended every 5,000 to 8,000 miles– essentially at every scheduled service interval. You can connect with the team at McCall Motors for specific recommendations for your vehicle, or check your owner’s manual. And, when you’re due for your next tire rotation, make sure you check our rotating service specials to save on your next visit!

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