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Why is Tire Rotation Important?

Regular tire rotation is necessary because it extends the life of your tires. Many drivers often ask, what does rotating your tires do, and how often to rotate tires. Both are important questions, and we have the information you need at the Tom Gill Chevrolet service center.

How Does Drivetrain Affect Tire Rotation?

When you accelerate, turn your wheels, brake, and go around in curves in Cincinnati, OH, you need friction between your tires and the road. Depending on the drivetrain your vehicle has, your tire treads will wear out at different rates.

  • Front-wheel drive vehicle: Engine power is directed to the front wheels, which handle the steering, starting, and most of the stopping force. Because of this, the front tires will wear out the fastest.
  • Rear-wheel drive vehicle: Engine power is directed to the rear wheels, even though the front wheels are still responsible for steering and much of the braking. The rear tires will still wear out faster than the front tires, but generally at a slower rate.
  • All-wheel drive vehicle: Engine power is evenly distributed, but there are many experts out there that say the rear tires will still wear out faster.
  • Intelligent all-wheel drive systems: Going around curves means different levels of strain and friction on the inside tires vs. outside tires. Some advanced all-wheel drive systems can even direct power to an individual wheel while driving around a curve for better cornering, which will further affect tire life.
Mechanic performing tire rotation

What Happens if I Don’t Rotate My Tires?

If you don’t schedule a service appointment for a tire rotation every 5,000 to 7,500 miles (or each time you get an oil change), they will wear out much faster than they should. Failing to rotate and replace tires at the right time can lead to unfortunate consequences:

  • Poor traction and skidding on the roads
  • More rapid deterioration of brake pads
  • Flat tires and blowouts

Get Your Tires Rotated at Tom Gill Chevrolet

If you want to learn more about the importance of tire care, summer car maintenance, or get any other essential service tips, visit us in Florence. When you’re ready to bring your car into our service center for a tire rotation, don’t forget to peruse our parts and service coupons so you can get an amazing deal! If you purchased your vehicle from the team here at Tom Gill Chevrolet, your tire rotations will be free for your vehicle’s lifetime as part of the Tom Gill Oil and Tire Advantage!

 

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