When and why should I rotate my tires?

Posted on 03. Jan, 2013 by in Alignment, Extended Tire Life, Tire Health, Tire Rotation, Tire Wear

Q. Why should I rotate my tires?

A. All tires wear differently, which is why it’s important to even out the wear. Typically your front tires get about 10,000 to 20,000 miles and the rears 20,00 to 80,000 miles if not rotated. However, by rotating your tires you add an additional 10,000 to 15,000 miles to the life of the tires. Another benefit is that you get a free brake inspection every few months rather then paying someone else to do the exact same thing.

Q. How is this possible?

A. It’s common for the front tires to wear faster on the outside edges of the tire because your car tilts to the side when you turn. Therefore only your front tires edges are wearing while your rear tires are not, this is why we rotate your rear tires to the front and also why people sometimes only replace the front tires.

Q. When do I rotate?

A. For best results and to get your tires to last the longest rotate every 5,000 miles. Some experts suggest 6,000 to 7,500 miles but this is after your tires have began to have improper wear and takes away from the life of the tires.

Q. How/where do I rotate my tires?

You can take you vehicle to any tire shop and most mechanics, prices range from $10 to $40.

Thank you for your time I hope that this blog was of use to you and able to meet you needs as well as answer your questions.

Courtesy of Ashley at A&A Tires

How do I know when my car needs to be realigned?

Posted on 15. Nov, 2012 by in Uncategorized

How do I know when my car needs to be realigned?

If you’re wondering whether your car needs an alignment, first look at your tires. Uneven tire wear — often, more wear on the outside of some tires — is a prime indicator that your car is likely out of alignment. Here are a few more indicators:

  • your car seems to be drifting to one side, even when you think you’re driving straight
  • your steering wheel vibrates
  • you are driving straight, but your steering wheel isn’t centered

If none of these indicators occurs but it’s been a while since your last alignment, check your owner’s manual to see how often the manufacturer recommends having this service.

An out-of-alignment car is a common result of everyday driving. But the term alignment doesn’t really refer to your car’s wheels but rather to the suspension. As part of normal driving, parts of your car’s suspension may become worn, and springs can be stretched out. Even a small accident or bumping a curb can disrupt your suspension, knocking some of the highly calibrated components off-kilter, making your wheels sit at improper angles. An alignment restores these angles to their correct measurements, making sure that your wheels sit straight.

The most visible benefit of an alignment is less tire wear. And when tires do wear down, they’ll do so evenly on a properly aligned suspension. Tires can be quite expensive — easily $100 or more per tire — whereas an alignment often costs $50 to $100, making it a cost-effective procedure that should be part of regular car maintenance [source: Consumer Reports].

An alignment will ensure that your car drives straight and handles properly, making your ride safer. You’ll also get better gas mileage because your tires will be properly aligned with the road, decreasing resistance.

On the next page, we’ll look at what happens during an alignment.

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