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What is Tire Rotation?

a technician doing a tire rotation

What exactly does “rotating tires” mean? In order to ensure your tire treads wear evenly and extend the life of your tires, it’s important to rotate your tires regularly, and therefore important for you to better understand. So what is a tire rotation, you ask? We will get to the details to understand the process and find out what a tire rotation does for your vehicle. At Douglass Nissan of Waco, we break down the steps so you can be better informed on your daily drives.



What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

On most cars, trucks, and SUVs, the front tires will move to the rear tires, and the rear tires move to the front. Not only are they repositioning your tires, but switching sides as well. Thus, the back left tire will become the front right tire. Your owner’s manual will explain if this tire rotation pattern is correct for your vehicle. 

However, it is the most common tire rotation pattern for standard cars. Here are some other tire rotation facts:

  • The front tires on a vehicle wear out faster due to bearing more of the weight. Therefore, a tire rotation is necessary to prolong your tires’ life while keeping you safe.
  • The type of drivetrain in your vehicle affects the rate of how fast your tires will wear down.
  • A drivetrain can affect the rotation pattern used during a tire rotation. 
  • Front-wheel drive (FWD) vehicles have their power sent to the front axle for the tires to move in a forward direction.
  • FWD tires wear out faster than rear-wheel drive (RWD), all-wheel-drive (AWD), and four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles.

What Does a Tire Rotation Do?

We briefly touched on what a tire rotation can do, but what are the deeper benefits? Here’s what else regular tire rotations can do for you:

  • Prevents Blowouts: The last thing you want to happen is for a tire blowout while commuting to and from Hewitt. A tire rotation can help restrict a tire blowout from ever occurring.
  • Maintains Traction: As your tires wear, you lose what is known as tire tread depth. The loss of tread depth can cause a reduction in traction, which can lead to instability while on the road. You can prevent your tire tread depth from becoming uneven or bald; a tire rotation can stop the problem before it begins.
  • Improves Performance: You may not be aware, but your vehicle will vibrate or shake when your tires are uneven. You will tend to feel the sensation through your steering wheel, which affects your car’s performance.
  • Maximizes Efficiency: If you find that you spend more time at the gas station, it may be due to your tires. That is because worn tires tend to drag the vehicle and strain the engine. Due to the uneven tires, you inadvertently increase your fuel consumption.

Get Your Tire Rotation at Douglass Nissan of Waco!

At Douglass Nissan of Waco, you can always schedule a service appointment with us no matter the job’s size, including for your tire rotations. You can always depend on us to help maintain your vehicle to not only prolong its lifespan but to keep you safe while on the roads of McGregor. Contact us with any questions you may have for our team today.


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