Oil changes are important, but did you know that tire pressure can affect many functions on your vehicle like gas mileage, speedomoter accuracy, and of course, overall vehicle performance? Just as you shouldn’t neglect your engine, neither should you ignore your tires.
Tire rotation is often a service that is offered with your oil change, for an additional fee. Regular tire rotation is an easy and effective maintenance procedure that can add life to your tires, and protect your investment in them.
During a tire rotation, the service techs will switch your back and front tires around. It doesn’t involve new tires or removing rims or hubcaps. Tire rotation isn’t an option for some high performace cars because the rear tires are larger than the forward tires. But as long as you’re not in a souped up Mustang, you should be able to get your tires rotated during your routine oil change.
Why does tire rotation matter? Not everyone drives a vehicle that has all-wheel drive. Most cars and trucks are either front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, meaning those two tires do more work than the others. No matter what kind of vehicle you have, your front tires do more work because they are the ones exposed to turns.
How often should you get your tires rotated? Well, that depends on the type of oil change you are getting. Synthetic users, because synthetic oil requires fewer oil changes, every oil change they should consider a tire rotation. For those who use petroleum based motor oil, the consensus is a tire rotation for every 6,000 – 10,000 miles, or every other oil change.