How Often for a Tire Rotation?

How Often for a Tire Rotation?

For optimal performance, it’s best to rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. This roughly breaks down to every four to six months for the average driver. An easy way to stay on top of this important bit of maintenance is to rotate your tires each time you get an oil change.

Here at Key Cars, we know the importance of having a quality set of wheels. That’s why we like sharing tips on how to safely explore the Milford, Manchester, and Middletown area.

Check out our brief guide before scheduling your next tire rotation at our service center!

Tire Rotation

Why Do I Need to Rotate My Tires Every 6,000 Miles?

Thanks to steering and braking, your two front tires usually take the brunt of abuse from the road. Over time, you might start to notice the treads start to weaken. You might even notice your front tires start to crack or blister faster than your rear ones.

Essentailly, rotating your vehicle’s tires allows each tire to evenly wear down. Not only does this help maximize their lifespan, it can also help prevent an inconvenient flat or blowout.

Penny Test

What Are Some Signs I Need to Rotate My Tires?

Of course, 6,000 to 8,000 miles is only an estimate. Depending on your driving habits, you might be able to go longer than that. City drivers often require more trips to the service center due to frequent stop and go travel. 

At least once per month, you should make it a point to visually inspect the health of each tire. This includes a few simple steps like:

Check Each Tire’s PSI Levels

Under/overinflated tires needlessly sap your fuel tank while also making it harder to brake. Improper PSI levels can also put extra stress on your engine, leading to premature wear and tear.

Keep an Eye Out For Blisters and Cracks

Bulging or spider web cracks along the tire’s sidewall can lead to a blowout. That’s why it’s important to schedule a service appointment the moment you notice any signs of damage.

The Penny Test

To check each tire’s tread depth, place a penny into the tread well with the top of Lincoln’s head sticking into the tire. If you can clearly see the top of his head, it means you’re due for a replacement.

Routine Tire Rotation on Vehicle

Can I Rotate My Tires From Home?

If you have the proper tools and space, it’s possible to rotate your tires from the convenience of your garage. All you need is a level parking space, a car jack, jack stands, and a heavy lug wrench.  

It’s important to determine whether your tires are directional or non-directional. Directional tires should be rotated back to front while non-directional need to be rotated in a crisscross fashion.

Of course, if you’d rather enlist the help of a professional, our technicians are more than happy to lend a hand!

Schedule a Tire Rotation Today!

You wouldn’t climb a mountain in flip flops. So, why travel Milford, Manchester, and Middletown without a proper set
of tires? To make an appointment, simply call or go online to schedule a time which fits your busy schedule. 

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