What is Tire Rotation?

What is Tire Rotation?

This is a service that's performed to prevent any of your vehicle's tires from wearing down too fast, which can extend the life of the tire set over time. This is an essential part of your vehicle's maintenance as it maintains traction, prevents blowouts, and even improves fuel economy. Learn additional tire care tips like "what does a tire rotation do?" from the service experts at Audi Stratham near Nashua. Don't hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions.

What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

You know what is tire rotation, you're probably wondering what it means. This is when the tires are moved from one position on a vehicle to another. Usually, the front tires are moved to the rear and the rear tires are moved to the front. They may also change sides, so what was the rear left tire will end up as the front right tire - this is called the tire rotation pattern. Here are some tire rotation basics:

  • Since most cars carry more weight at the front, the front tires will typically wear out faster, but the type of drivetrain your vehicle has also affects how fast each tire wears down. 
  • For example, in FWD vehicles, the power is sent to the front axle and wheels produce forward motion. Because of this, the front tires wear down faster than they would in RWD, AWD, or FWD models.
  • Your vehicle's drivetrain also affects the tire rotation pattern to ensure that no tire wears down faster than the entire set of tires.

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

  • Maintains Traction: Tires lose tread depth when they wear down, which means traction is reduced and it can interfere with your ability to control the vehicle during certain situations. Preventing uneven tire wear helps make sure that all of your tires have the same amount of tread.
  • Prevents Blowouts: Tires are more likely to fail as they get worn down. If you've ever had one blow out as you drive around Manchester, you know this is a potentially dangerous and unpleasant experience.
  • Improves Performance: Tires working together with uneven wear often produces vibration, which you will feel through the steering wheel.
  • Maximizes Efficiency: Worn tires create drag, strain the engine, and increase fuel consumption.

Learn What is Tire Rotation And Other Tire Care Needs With Audi Stratham

Most service technicians recommend rotating tires every 5,000 to 7,500 miles - or during every scheduled service interval. Check your vehicle's owner's manual for specific information, and when it's time for your next tire rotation, schedule your service appointment right at home. We're proud to be your Concord-area destination for all of your automotive needs. Be sure to explore our service specials to use on your next visit with us.