What is Tire Rotation? What Does Tire Rotation Do?

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What is tire rotation, and what does tire rotation do? It’s a service task aimed at preventing excessive wear in your tires. It helps maintain traction, improves fuel economy, and prevents blowouts. Learn more about what tire rotation means in the guide below—and if you have further questions, check out our service tips and contact our service team at Volkswagen of Salem County!

What Does Rotating Tires Mean for Vineland Drivers?

What does rotating tires mean? Rotating tires simply means moving them from one position to another. Usually, the front tires will move to the rear and the front tires will move to the front, but the specifics will vary depending on your drivetrain. The way in which your tires change position during a rotation is known as a tire rotation pattern. So, what is tire rotation for a 4WD vehicle compared to a FWD vehicle? Get the details below:

  • Cars typically carry more weight at the front where the engine is located, so front tires will typically wear out faster. At the same time, the type of drivetrain your vehicle has will also affect the rate at which each tire wears down. 
  • If a vehicle is FWD, power is sent to the front axle and wheels to produce forward motion. Because of this, the front tires will wear down faster than they would in RWD, AWD, or 4WD drivetrains.

What Does Tire Rotation Do to Keep You Safe?

The tire rotation does quite a lot to help maintain not only your tires but your vehicle as a whole. It also helps Washington Township drivers save money by extending tire life. Here is how a tire rotation protects you on every drive:

  • Maintains Traction: When tires wear down, they lose tread depth. This reduces their ability to maintain traction, which can interfere with your ability to control the vehicle in certain situations. Preventing uneven tire wear helps ensure that all tires have the same amount of tread.
  • Prevents Blowouts: Tires become more likely to fail as they wear down. If you’ve ever had one blowout as you drive around Millville, you’ll know how unpleasant and dangerous it can be!
  • Improves Performance: The vibration caused by uneven wear can be felt through the steering wheel. 
  • Maximizes Efficiency: Worn tires create drag, strain the engine, and increase your fuel consumption.

What Does Rotating Tires Mean? See for Yourself at Volkswagen of Salem County!

You should get your tires rotated every six months or between 5,000 miles and 8,000 miles — whichever comes first. Reading your owner’s manual can help you determine the correct interval for your vehicle’s tire rotations. When it’s time for your next tire rotation in Monroeville, come visit our service center! Before you head over, take the time to check out our service specials to save at your next appointment.

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