Tire Rotation and Balancing Services In Rolla, MO
When to Rotate Tires and Why
Many of our customers want to know why tire rotation is important, what it does, and how often tires should be rotated? They're common questions the service techs at our tire center in Rolla, Missouri, hear often. When you need the tires rotated on your new Kia Telluride, the Kingdom Kia service center is here with the answers:
- Why should you rotate tires? Regular tire rotations help prolong the life of your tires and prevent one or more tires from wearing unevenly or wearing out prematurely.
- When should you rotate tires? As often as the tire manufacturer recommends. Typically, this is every 5,000-miles or so.
Tires and Your Drivetrain
Friction between your tires and the road occurs when you accelerate, brake, and turn -- essentially, all the time. This friction causes your vehicle's tires to wear down, and the tires that receive the power from your car's engine will wear down faster.
- Front-wheel drive vehicle: When the power goes to the front wheels, which are also responsible for steering, your front tires will experience more wear than the rear tires.
- Rear-wheel drive vehicle: When engine power goes to the rear wheels, the rear tires will still wear out faster than the front tires, but this will happen slower than the front tires on FWD vehicles since the rear tires don't take the force of braking and turning.
- All-wheel drive vehicle: While the engine power is more evenly distributed, the rear tires typically wear down faster.
How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?
Your next question is probably, "How often should you rotate your tires?" This depends on the drivetrain as well as your driving habits.
- If you drive a FWD or RWD car, a tire rotation should be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. It is a good idea to the tire manufacturer's recommendations to ensure maximum performance and longevity.
- But what if you drive an AWD model? With AWD cars and trucks, each tire wears differently and at different speeds. Because of this, a tire rotation for most all-wheel-drive vehicles should be performed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. We advise you to, once again, consult the recommendations of the tire manufacturer.
Your driving habits also impact how often a tire rotation is required. If you're hard-charging through the canyons, enjoy weekend off-roading or encounter rugged terrain regularly, then you're probably going to need to rotate your tires more often. If you enjoy a quiet commute to Jefferson City, Missouri, and back, then your tires will probably last longer.
What Happens if I Don’t Rotate My Tires?
When you skip routine tire rotations, your tires will wear out faster than they should. This can lead to a loss of performance, acceleration, handling ability, braking, and fuel economy. Skipping tire rotations will also lead to faster wear and require your tires are replaced more frequently. Uneven or bald tires are also a serious safety hazard and can lead to:
- Poor traction
- Loss of braking ability
- Loss of handling
- The risk of a blowout from an overly worn part of your tire.
Properly Maintain Your Tires with Kingdom Kia
Now that you know more about why you should rotate your tires and when it's best to rotate tires, you probably want to bring your vehicle in for tire service. The expert team at Kingdom Kia is here to assist you. We're standing by to perform your next tire installation, alignment, and rotation. Book your tire service today!