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Why Rotate Tires?

Rotating tires

A common question we hear at Basil Resale Sheridan is, “What does rotating your tires do?” Why rotate tires on a regular basis? Your vehicle’s drivetrain causes your tires to wear at different rates. Certain tires will wear out faster, and rotating them on a regular basis will help prolong their lifespan. Learn how often to rotate tires and more in this helpful guide from Basil Resale Sheridan. If it is time for your next tire rotation, you can also schedule a service appointment with us at your earliest convenience. 

Drivetrain and Tire Longevity

What does rotating your tires do? Accelerating, turning, and more all require friction between your tires and the road. Your vehicle’s drivetrain determines which tires are sent the majority of the engine power. The tires that are sent most of the engine power will wear down sooner as you drive around Clarence.

  • Front-wheel drive vehicle: Engine power is sent to the front wheels of the vehicle. These tires are also the ones primarily responsible for steering, starting, and most of the braking force. The front tires will wear down more rapidly than the rear tires because of this.
  • Rear-wheel drive vehicle: Most of the power from the engine is directed to the rear wheels. However, it is still the front tires that are responsible for steering and most of the braking. While the rear tires will still wear out more quickly than the front tires, they will wear down slower than the front tires on an FWD model. 
  • All-wheel drive vehicle: Engine power is dispersed more evenly with this type of drivetrain, but it is still important for your vehicle to undergo regular tire rotations. 
  • Intelligent all-wheel drive systems: Some advanced AWD systems have the ability to send power to an individual wheel depending on where traction is needed most. This will also affect the lifespan of a tire. 

How Often to Rotate Tires 

Wondering how often to rotate tires? Generally, this task should be performed every six months or every 5,000 miles to 8,000 miles. Keep in mind that this interval may not be recommended for all makes and models. We recommend checking your owner’s manual for exact figures. If you are not sure how often to rotate tires for your particular vehicle, that’s ok! Just bring it by the service center at Basil Resale Sheridan, and we can inspect your tires for you. 

What Happens if I Don’t Rotate My Tires?

Why rotate tires at all? A new set of tires can be quite costly, and avoiding regular tire rotations in Buffalo can require you to replace your tires more often. It can also make driving on the roads of Williamsville less safe: 

  • Poor traction and skidding on the roads
  • More rapid deterioration of brake pads
  • Higher risk of flat tires and blowouts

Keep Your Vehicle Running Smoothly with Basil Resale Sheridan

If you have additional questions about proper tire care, do not hesitate to contact us for more information. We want to make sure your vehicle is operating at peak performance and that it is safe for the roads ahead. 


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