Whenever you drive your car, there are lots of pieces, parts, and systems that are put to the test. A capable drive depends on each of those aspects of your ride performing at its best. That’s what maintenance is all about—part of that routine upkeep focuses on your tires.
You may have heard about tire rotations in the past, and we’re here to tell you all the essential info. Drivers wondering how often you should rotate your tires can learn all about the process on this page. Our service center here at Sheridan Ford is staffed with certified technicians that are ready to give you the quality service you need!
Before you learn the best practices for tire rotation, it’s important to understand what it is. A tire rotation refers to repositioning tires around the vehicle—not how your tires spin while you drive. Tires, as you know, as affixed to each of your car’s wheels: front left, front right, rear left, and rear right.
When your tires are rotated, they are moved to a different wheel. This is done to help the tread on each tire wear down at a consistent rate. Without a tire rotation, your vehicle and driving habits would result in one or two tires balding far faster than the others. Bald tires with little tread can’t grip the road as well, making driving more dangerous.
Tire rotations extend the life of each tire. This means that not only will you get the most mileage out of your tires, but you’ll also replace all of them at once, as opposed to more frequent stops to get one or two tires at a time.
Along with other maintenance like oil changes and brake service, tire rotations are often a part of recommended maintenance from the manufacturer. Be sure to check out your owner’s manual to see what the experts suggest for your model.
In general, tire rotations should take place at a minimum of every six months. This is the same frequency that traditional motor cars require oil changes, so you can likely pair both services together. After a half-year out on the road, your tires will want a new point of view elsewhere on your vehicle.
Aside from the six-month interval, mileage plays a role in how often you’ll need a tire rotation. Some experts recommend a tire rotation every 5,000-7,500 miles if you drive that much within six months. Simply put, driving a lot makes your tires wear faster, and a rotation will keep all four tires’ wear even.
When it’s time to take care of your tires, our team of certified Ford technicians is here to help. Whether a tire rotation is part of your routine maintenance visit or a special need, our crew can handle it. We’ll help you check your tread level and, if needed, get you a brand-new set of tires on your car.
Now that you know how often to rotate your tires, you can get ready for your next road trip from Wilmington, New Castle, and Newark, DE. Contact us at Sheridan Ford and schedule a service visit today!