How To Rotate Your Tires

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We are all familiar with basic car maintenance. Change the oil, monitor the radiator fluid level, get the brakes checked often… What few people stop to think about are the tires. Tires require maintenance to maximize their lifespan and the alignment of your car.

Rotating your tires is relatively simple in practice. Take the front ones off and put them on the back. Do the same thing, in reverse, with the back tires. If you have a jack stand at home, and a strong arm, then this task can be done in under an hour.

However, there are things you must do during the swap that few people consider. Here are some vital tasks you should have on your to-do list when handling this chore.

Check For Deformities

This is a perfect opportunity to look for things that might cause a blowout. For instance, you may have some glass or a nail embedded in the tire. When you remove a tire from the car, roll it gently. Study every square inch, and try to spot anything out of the ordinary. If you see something, take the tire in to the shop and see if it is something to worry about. The last thing you need is to have a flat tire waiting for you one morning!

Check The Treads

Checking the treads accomplishes two things: It sees if the tires are due to be replaced. It also helps you spot if your car’s alignment is beginning to go off. The test for both is the same. Grab a penny and stick it in each grove. If you can see Lincoln’s head, then it is time to replace the tire. If you can see different parts of Lincoln on different parts of the tire, then the alignment is off.

If if the alignment is off by a small degree, it is important you get it corrected. The longer the problem is allowed to fester, the more quickly negative changes will occur. It is cheaper to get the alignment fixed than to buy four new tires at the closest tire shop.

Check The Brakes and Other Parts

When the tire is off you can easily see the brakes and other key components of your vehicle. See if there are any noticeable problems. This check does not replace taking your vehicle in for an inspection, though it can serve as an indicator as to when you should schedule an emergency visit with a mechanic. The best way to spot a problem is to see if anything is wore out, or hanging weird. That is a sign that a seal or pipe has broken, making the car potentially problematic to drive. If the brake pads look thin, and you have been hearing screeches, then it is time to take the car in to have the brakes swapped out.

Do Not Be Afraid To Mix Things Up

When rotating tires, you do not have to use the same set. In many parts of the country, road conditions differ significantly from on season to the next. If you have multiple sets of tires in your garage, then pick the set that will work best with the average weather you will be having for the next couple of months. Just make sure that the tires are inflated before you put them on!

If In Doubt

If you do not have the experience or skills needed to do this, then do not attempt it yourself. Take the vehicle in to a shop and have them do it for you. More people have created trouble for themselves by trying to perform maintenance on their car without understanding the process than one would casually like to consider. Do not be one of the foolish – ask to watch and learn how to do it first!

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