Are Tire Rotations Really Necessary?

A lot of people wonder, “Are tire rotations really necessary?” Or is it just a way for auto shops to make money for work that isn’t really important? If you’ve had a vehicle for very long, you have heard it said many times—read your owner’s manual. There are guidelines listed there on how often you should rotate your tires. It is usually recommended to rotate tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles.

Rotations are especially important because front tires wear a lot faster than rear tires as more pressure is put on the outer edges of the front tires when turning the wheels. Also, things like three-point turns, parallel parking, U-turns, etc. put additional stress on front tires that rear tires don’t have to deal with.

So, are tire rotations really necessary? Absolutely! Here’s why:

  • Tread wears evenly — The main reason for rotating tires is to equalize wear so that all four tires wear at the same rate. Then, when the time comes to replace your tires, you can replace all four tires at the same time.
  • Keeps tire warranties valid — Most tire manufacturers offer warranties which may include free rotation services at specified periods of time or mileage.
  • Helps maintain handling — Rotating tires spread out the tread wear helping maintain traction on slick road surfaces, crucial for braking.
  • Saves drivers money — Periodic tire rotation helps save drivers money by extending the lifespan of their tires and preventing emergency tire repair.

Develop a tire service schedule to maintain your car tires and you will have more confidence in the safety of your vehicle when you head down the road.

Still wondering are tire rotations really necessary? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Dependable Car Care for more information about our tire repair services and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of Ventura, CA, and the surrounding area.