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Every car owner needs to understand the basics of tire rotation. Regular tire rotation is very important in order to get the most miles and performance from your tires. The following discussion centers on what causes tires to require rotation, how frequently drivers should rotate their tires, and a few pieces of useful knowledge about tires that drivers should understand.
Tire Rotation Patterns
Your vehicle’s tire rotation pattern depends upon many factors including the vehicle and/or the tire manufacture’s recommendations, your driving style, the condition of your vehicle and its suspension components and the condition of your tires. Bring your car to the professionals at Coastal Tire and Auto Service. We will treat you and your car like family.
Tire Rotation – why is it necesary?
Even without considering outside factors, the weight of a car is generally distributed unevenly between the front and rear axles. This, of course, causes the tires to wear unevenly, which in turn requires the tires to be rotated on a regular basis. Most cars have the engine in the front, which means that the front end of the car is heavier. This is certainly true for front-engine cars that are also front-wheel drive. On such a car, the front tires wear out quicker than the rear tires so regular rotation is a must.
When mechanical problems arise in an automobile, it may lead to uneven tire wear. A perfect example is when the front end alignment goes out of spec on an automobile. While fixing the alignment will remedy the problem, it is oftentimes necessary to also rotate the tires to compensate for the tire wear that has already occurred. You can trust the professionals at Coastal Tire and Auto Service to perform the job properly.
Even driving patterns can have an affect on how tires wear. Drivers who follow regular driving routes generally create uneven tire wear on their automobile’s tires. This is not to say that drivers need to alternate their driving courses, only to say that regular tire rotation is of the utmost importance.
How frequently should you rotate tires?
Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, tire rotation is recommended between every 6,000 and 10,000 miles. However, this figure may change depending on the condition of the car and the driver’s driving patterns. As such, it is important for drivers to keep a watchful eye on the condition of their tires. When you bring your vehicle in for service at Coastal Tire and Auto Service, our technicians will examine your tires and recommend when your tires are ready for rotation.
The rotation pattern varies depending on the tires and the make of the automobile. Generally speaking, the tires on the front should be switched with the tires on the back, and the tires should be crossed when placed on the rear axle. However, certain cars and tires require different rotation patterns so it is always best to leave this job to the professionals at Coastal Tire and Auto Service.
Useful tire rotation tips
Improve your vehicle’s handling, increase tire life, and drive with safety by checking your tires every month to insure that they are inflated with the right amount of air pressure.
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Tire Guide and Tips: Understanding Your Tire’s Sidewall Information
For example, the number may read P215/65-R15, 96V:
P = Passenger Tire (LT = Light Truck)
215 = Overall width of the tire in millimeters
65 = Sidewall height (distance from rim to tread) as a percentage of the thread width (known as aspect ratio)
R = Tire construction, this one is Radial (also, B = Belted Bias, D = Diagonal Bias
15 = Represents the size of the wheel in inches
In this example, the tire has the number 89H. This is the weight capacity of the tire. However, in most cases, you will not see this heading on the sidewall.
A speed rating is sometimes put in front of the R (or B or D). A straight R rating means that it is rated for speeds of up to 100mph. The manufacturer does not recommended this tire for speeds greater than 100 mph. Other speed ratings are: S=112mph, T=118mph, U=124mph, H=130mph, V=149mph, & a Z rated tire is for speeds in excess of 149mph.
The V and Z rated tires have excellent dry pavement grip/traction but due to their soft rubber compounds, do not have a long life.
A tread rating indicates how long a tire should last. This figure is written in small letters on the sidewall of your tire. The higher the number, the longer the tire should last. 100 is the basic tread wear rating.
The traction rating works just like grading – ‘A’ being the best, ‘B’ is good, and ‘C’ is acceptable. This number is also found on the sidewall.
Temperature ratings work the same – ‘A’ best, ‘B’ good, ‘C’ acceptable. If you drive your car very hard, you want a temperature rating of ‘A’ because a ‘C’ would fail faster under hard driving conditions. Again, look for this number on the sidewall.