Question: I get my car’s oil changed regularly, but often skip the tire rotation. A mechanic recently told me that my tires will wear faster if I don’t rotate them. Is that true?
Answer: The short answer to these questions is “yes” and “yes.” A tire rotation is indeed worth the time and money. When you rotate the tires, the tread will wear more evenly and extend the life of your tires.
What are the Specifics of a Tire Rotation?
Let’s start with the basics: Rotating your tires means moving them from one side of the vehicle to the other, moving them from front to back, or both. This is important because tires wear differently depending on their position on the vehicle. Your driving style, your vehicle and the condition of your suspension also affect tire tread wear.
Regularly rotating the tires helps to evenly distribute tire wear—maximizing the life of the tires and ensuring there’s sufficient tread on each tire. You want those tires to grip the road, and a worn or bald tire can’t do that.
How Often Should You Rotate the Tires?
At Auto Lab, we recommend a tire rotation every 6,000 miles or every other oil change. Trust us: Spending a little money now delays the need to invest in new tires.
Not to mention: When you have your oil changed at Auto Lab, we’ll rotate your tires for only $5 additional.