The tires spin all the time as they roll down the road. But that’s not what “rotate them” means. Rotating tires means moving them from one wheel to another and from left to right or back to front, or even diagonally.

Why rotate? Because they tend to wear unevenly. Fronts tend to wear on the outside edges because the tire leans when you turn a corner. The rear ones just follow the front ones, so they generally wear more evenly. If you leave the tires in place, the outer edges of the front tires will wear out much faster than the rest. You will have to replace them thousands of miles sooner.

Poor alignment or unbalanced tires can also cause uneven wear.
Rotating the tires prevents them from wearing unevenly. That will make your ride smoother and your driving safer. And it extends the life of your tires, saving you time and money in the long run.

There are 3 key things that should happen during a tire rotation:

Each wheel is removed from your car or truck and moved to a different position.

Air pressure should be checked and adjusted as necessary.

Brakes should be checked while they are off and easy to see and reach.

Rotating the tires on your vehicle, periodically changing your position on the vehicle from front to rear and/or side to side, provides benefits. Tire rotation can preserve balanced handling and help maintain traction. That’s especially important when the roads are slippery from rain or snow.

Haynes recommends rotating tires every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. The industry standard is usually between 5,000 and 6,000 miles. “For equal wear, rotation should be done almost every oil change,” says Waits.

How much is it? Anywhere from $25.00 to $50.00 depending on the store. In general, dealerships are a bit higher than independent stores. Tire specialty stores will often rotate your tires for free if you bought them from them. (It’s a courtesy offered in the hope that you’ll come back to them when you need new tires.)

AZ Import Garage recommends that you inspect your tires from side to side from time to time to check for uneven tread wear and to get a good idea of ​​how front tires wear differently than rear tires. For more auto repair tips, contact AZ Import Garage at http://www.azimportgarage.com