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Why Rotate Your Tires?

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Why rotate tires? What does rotating your tires do? We hear these questions from our Vancouver and Burnaby customers all the time. Put simply, tire rotations ensure that your tires wear evenly. If they wear down evenly, you’ll dramatically extend the lifespan of your tires. Read on to learn more about the benefits of rotating your tires, as well as how often to rotate tires. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us or consult our archive of service tips. If you think you’re due for a tire rotation, be sure to check out our Mazda service specials to see how much you can save.

How Your Drivetrain Affects the Way Your Tires Wear

Your vehicle’s drivetrain can have a tremendous impact on how fast Richmond and Coquitlam streets wear your tires down.

  • Front-wheel drive vehicle: FWD vehicles direct their power from the front wheels. In this configuration, your front wheels are responsible for steering, starting, and braking. This means your front wheels will wear much faster than your back wheels.
  • Rear-wheel drive vehicle: In RWD vehicles, your rear wheels are responsible for steering and braking. In this case, your rear wheels will wear the fastest.
  • All-wheel drive vehicle: While this drivetrain distributes power to all of your wheels evenly, most experts agree that your rear wheels will still wear faster than your front wheels.

How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

“How often to rotate your tires,” you ask? We recommend that Langley drivers rotate their tires every 6 months every 8,000 to 13,000 kilometres. Of course, these intervals may be different for your Mazda vehicle, so please consult your owner’s manual for exact numbers.

What Happens if I Don’t Rotate My Tires?

Now that you have answers to the questions, “why rotate your tires?”, “how often should I rotate my tires?”, and “what does rotating your tires do,” let’s take a look at some of the risks associated with failing to rotate your tires.

  • Poor traction and skidding on the roads
  • Decreased fuel economy
  • Warped vehicle alignment
  • More rapid deterioration of brake pads
  • Flat tires and blowouts

Keep Your Vehicle in Good Shape at Freeway Mazda

If you have any other concerns about maintaining your vehicle, don’t hesitate to reach out to Freeway Mazda in Surrey. If you have confusion lingering around the questions, “what does rotating your tires do?” or “how often should I rotate my tires?”, we’re more than happy to answer your questions.

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