What is tire rotation? You’ve probably heard the term brought up at a service center, but you might not know what it means. Tire rotation is an important part of vehicle maintenance that helps to maintain traction, prevent blowouts, and even improve fuel economy. Learn more about this service from the experts at the Walla Walla Valley Honda service center.
What Does Rotating Tires Mean?
During tire rotation, tires are moved from one position on a vehicle to another. In most cases, the front tires will move to the rear and the rear tires will move to the front. They might also change sides, so what was the rear left tire will end up as the front right tire.
Most cars carry more weight at the front, so front tires will typically wear out faster. The drivetrain of your vehicle also contributes to how your tires will wear. Tire rotation is performed to prevent uneven wear, and that’s extremely important for their longevity, whether you’re sticking to short commutes in Walla Walla or making a cross-country drive from Kennewick.
What Does Tire Rotation Do?
Tire rotations can do a lot to boost the performance and safety of your vehicle:
- Maintain Traction: Tires lose tread depth as they wear down. A loss of tread depth leads to reduced tractions, which can interfere with your ability to control the vehicle in challenging road conditions. Preventing uneven tire wear helps ensure that all tires have the same amount of tread.
- Prevents Blowouts: As tires get more worn down, they are more likely to fail. If you’ve ever had one blow out as you drive, you’ll know how unpleasant and potentially dangerous it can be.
- Improve Performance: When tires that have uneven wear are working together it can create a vibration that can eventually be felt through the steering wheel.
- Maximize Efficiency: Worn tires create drag, placing a strain on the engine and increasing your fuel consumption.
Keep on top of Tire Rotations at Walla Walla Valley Honda
The service center at Walla Walla Valley Honda in College Place has certified technicians who can assess the condition of your tires and determine if it is time for a tire rotation. Schedule your appointment today or contact us with your additional service questions, such as how to check your coolant level. Don’t miss our rotating service specials so you can get a great deal on your vehicle maintenance.