Tire Repair: Rotation 101

While we’re sure that the drivers in the Doral, Miami, Hialeah, and Kendall areas know how important tires are to a vehicle’s performance, tires can also become so worn or uneven that they become less effective at gripping the road. Not only is this potentially hazardous, but it can also shorten the life of your tires.

There are many ways to extend the life of your tires and get the most value out of them, so we decided to give you a rundown of the benefits of regular tire rotations. In this article, Ocean Mazda will cover the reasons for tire rotations, what this does, and tips for checking the wear on your tire tread. This way, you’ll know the best time to bring your vehicle into the service center for a tire rotation.

Why Should I Get My Tires Rotated?

Your tires are made of rubber and are constantly gripping the road, which causes significant wear over time. This kind of wear and tear is hard on the tires themselves, but it also affects the tread depth of your tires. Tread depth is what pushes water and mud away from your tires, and bites into the snow or slush. So, it’s vital that your tire tread is deep enough to keep you from losing traction on slippery roads.

Since tires can be costly, we want to preserve their tread for as long as possible and get the most value out of our investment. Tire rotations ensure that your tires wear evenly over time, so shifting their positions on your vehicle can stave off a tire replacement for as long as possible to get the most out of your current tires.

How to Get Your Tires Rotated

Tires wear differently on the same vehicle, but the wear pattern is also influenced by the type of drivetrain your vehicle has. Front-wheel drive vehicles usually need the tires rotated from front to back, as well as a diagonal switch, to compensate for the fact that the acceleration, steering, and most of the front braking falls on the front tires.

Rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles typically have the rear tires moved to the front, while the front tires are moved to the rear position and switched diagonally.

How to Tell If Your Tread is Worn

There are a few ways to determine if your tread is getting low. Excessive vibration while driving is a good indicator, but it’s always best to do routine visual checks to look for any obvious signs of wear, as well as cracks or bulges in your tires.

The Lincoln penny test has been touted as the go-to measurement for tire tread. You simply take a penny and place it upside-down in the tread. If you can’t see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tires have enough tread to be safe. If you can see the space above Lincoln’s head, however, it may be time to replace your tires.

Visit Ocean Mazda’s Service Center for Tire Rotation and Maintenance

Tire rotations keep you safe on the road. Plus, they ensure that you get the most mileage and value out of your tire purchase. Your tires can be rotated periodically alongside other routine maintenance, such as oil changes. It can also be done when you recognize potential wear in your tires. Either way, the service technicians at Ocean Mazda are available to handle your tire rotation or any other repair or service.

Call us, or stop by Ocean Mazda to set up your service appointment today.