The Importance of Tire Rotations

September 26th, 2018 by

The Importance of Tire Rotations

You may think to yourself, “My tires rotate themselves every time I drive!” That’s true in a sense, but rotating the tires to a new position, ensures the tires get more even wear, thus making them last longer. There are numerous rotation patterns, but a common method moves the front tires to the rear, in opposite positions (back left goes to right front, and back right goes to front left), and moves the rear tires to the front, in the respective position (front left to rear left and front right to rear right). The repositioning will depend on your drivetrain (front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive).

The front tires generally take the brunt of the weight distribution (your engine and transmission reside in the front of the vehicle) and will experience more wear and tear than the rear tires. Even tire wear is important regarding the car’s handling. Your drive may not be as smooth. Tires that haven’t been rotated may experience uneven tread, which means less traction in slippery situations. With less tread and less traction, you may find difficulty controlling the vehicle.

To extend the life of your tires, it is important to get them rotated at the recommended intervals. To get even wear, rotating the tires achieves this. Extending the tires’ life saves you money in the long run—you’ll have to pay for new tires less frequently and may even come across and prevent another issue before it can cause any substantial harm.

Sheridan Ford recommends tire rotation every 7,500-10,000 miles, but you should refer to your owner’s manual for recommended care. If you drive more frequently, you may need to rotate your tires more often. Make an appointment to have your tires rotated (Sheridan Ford services any make and model) online or gives us a call at 302-999-0261. We are conveniently located on Kirkwood Highway, easily accessible from both Wilmington and Newark!




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