How Often Do I Need to Get a Tire Rotation on my Car? | OkCarz

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As you are driving on the road, you may notice something wrong with your vehicle’s tires. The most common issues are flat tires, unbalanced tires or tires that need to be rotated. Tire rotation is a service that doesn’t need to be done often but is still important. You might be wondering, “How often do I need to get a tire rotation on my car?” Luckily for you, that’s what we will be talking about today!

When to get your tires rotated

Your vehicle’s tires should be rotated every six months or when you hit 6,000 to 8,000 miles, whichever happens first. Although you may only need to get your tires rotated every few months, there are times when you may need to do it sooner. There are three signs to look out for to determine if your tires need to be rotated. Uneven wear on tires happens when more weight in placed on the front tires causing faster wear. Vehicle vibration happens at speeds of 45 mph and higher, however, this can also be a sign of tire imbalance. Tire pressure loss happens when there is too much pressure on a tire leading to losing pressure faster than the others.   

front wheel drive tire rotation pattern
same-sized wheel directional tires rotation pattern

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What can happen if you don’t get your tires rotated

If you don’t get your tires rotated, you are putting yourself and your passengers into danger. Uneven tire wear can lead to your vehicle pulling or wandering to the side. Uneven wear can also lead to less traction between your tires and the road. The cornering limit will also be greatly reduced leading to poor handling when going around a curve. Although not dangerous, if you don’t get your tires rotated regularly, you’ll have to replace your tires sooner than necessary. This can lead to you spending more money than if you get your tires rotated.

RWD 4WD AWD tire rotation pattern 1
RWD 4WD AWD tire rotation pattern 2

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