What is Tire Rotation?

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What is tire rotation and why is this service necessary for your vehicle? Regularly rotating your tires helps to prevent some tires from wearing down before the others, which can extend the life of the entire set of tires as time goes on. Keeping up with regular tire rotations can also lead to a safer and more efficient drive on the roads of Los Angeles Learn more about tire rotation at Alfa Romeo of Glendale, and if it is time for this service, you can visit the experts at our service department.


What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

During the process of a tire rotation, tires are moved from one position on a vehicle to another. The drivetrain of your vehicle will determine the rotation pattern. Let’s dive into the basics of a typical tire rotation:

  • Most cars carry more weight at the front, so front tires will typically wear out faster. The drivetrain of your vehicle also plays a role in how quickly each tire experiences wear.
  • If you have a front-wheel drive vehicle, a majority of the engine power is sent to the front axle and wheels to propel the vehicle forward. Because of this, the front tires will wear down faster than they would in rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or four-wheel drive models.
  • If you have a FWD vehicle, move the front tires to the back of the car in the same left/right positions. When you move the rear tires to the front, swap the right and left tire. For a RWD vehicle, the rear tires can be moved to the front of the car in the same left/right position, but when you move the front tires to the rear, the tires will need to switch sides.

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

  • Maintains Traction: As you drive on the roads of Burbank, your tires begin to lose tread depth. When your tires do not have the proper tread depth, traction is reduced, which can lead to dangerous driving conditions. Preventing uneven tire wear helps ensure that all tires have the same amount of tread.
  • Prevents Blowouts: Tires that have experienced quite a bit of wear are more likely to fail on the Santa Monica streets. Not only is a tire blowout inconvenient, it can also be very dangerous. 
  • Improves Performance: Uneven wear patterns can lead to vibration in your steering wheel.
  • Maximizes Efficiency: Worn tires create drag, which puts added strain on your vehicle’s engine. This also causes your vehicle to consume more fuel.

Trust the Tire Care Experts at Alfa Romeo of Glendale

We have answered the common question, “What is tire rotation?” We have also explained why it is important to perform this task on a regular basis. Most maintenance schedules recommend rotating tires every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Your owner’s manual should have recommendations from the manufacturer for your particular make and model. If you have any questions about tire care or maintenance in general,contact the team at Alfa Romeo of Glendale or set up a service appointment today.

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