Time to rotate and balance my tires yes or no?
Answer: Typically you rotate your tires around 5,000 miles but it could range from 3,000 to 8,000 miles depending on the quality of the tire you have AND how you drive which is why we inspect your tires on EVERY visit here at Westerville Automotive. So back to the real question: why do tires need to be rotated?
Front tires wear differently than the rear tires because steering wears the shoulders faster up front. Rotating the position of the tires will allow for more even wear among all 4 tires. Now the suspension set-up on certain vehicles may also affect the relative wear between the front and rear tires.
There are several rotation patters but don't worry - our trained ASE mechanics will know what the correct pattern is for your vehicle!
Wheels and tires aren't ever perfectly balanced due to slight variations in the manufacturing process and the placement of tire pressure sensors. To ensure that the tire spins correctly, weights are strategically placed on the wheels. When a wheel is out of balance it is essentially bouncing thousands of extra times every mile. What is the result of that? Uncomfortable vibrations in the steering wheel or through the seat. An unbalanced tire will also wear quicker and is harder on your shocks and struts.
If you detect vibration or uneven wear, your wheels should be balanced. A wheel balance check every year is a good idea and because tires cost so much, it is really important to do everything you can to make them last as long as possible! Routine maintenance such as proper tire inflation, regular tire rotation and wheel balancing are the keys to long tire life. When in doubt about any safety issues or if you have any questions about your vehicle simply stop in and talk to our ASE certified and trained technicians here at Westerville Automotive with 2 locations to serve your needs: 5591 Westerville Road and Uptown where no appointment is needed and we are always ready to serve your needs.
Westerville Automotive providing top automotive repairs and service in Westerville Ohio for 20+ years with top trained ASE technicians in 2 locations. From oil changes to transmission repairs, our team will get you on the road and keep yoou traveling safely. Our goal is your complete customer satisfaction. Westerville Automotive is a Preferred Jasper Engines & Transmissions Owner Installer with NAPA AutoCare Center backed by exceptional customer services.
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