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When to Schedule Tire Rotation & Balancing
Customers often are perplexed about the "standard" time-frame or mile-mark that indicates the need for tire rotation or balancing. We wanted to cover this to help inform customers who may be in the dark. The simple answer is, there is no "standard". The interval for tire rotation could come from a recommendation from either the tire manufacturer or the auto manufacturer. The interval is typically around 5,000 miles but could range from 3,000 to 8,000 miles.
The background question for many of our patrons is why do tires news to be rotated in the first place? Front tires wear differently than the rear tires because steering wears the shoulders faster up front. Rotating the position of the tires allows for more even wear among all the tires. The suspension set-up on certain vehicles may also affect the relative wear between the front and rear. There are several rotation patterns — your courteous Honest-1 specialist will see that you get the correct pattern for your particular vehicle should you need to stop in for tire service.
Wheels and tires are sometimes not perfectly balanced due to slight variations in the manufacturing process and the placement of tire pressure monitoring sensors. To bring balance to it, weights are strategically placed on the wheel to ensure that the tire spins true. When a wheel is out of balance it is essentially bouncing thousands of extra times every mile. This can result in an uncomfortable vibration for the driver and passengers as it will be felt in the steering wheel or through the seats. An unbalanced tire will also wear quicker, and it is harmful for your shocks and struts.
It is recommended that drivers have their wheels balanced if they detect a vibration or uneven wear. A wheel balance check every year is a good idea. Because tires cost so much, it's a great idea to do everything you can to make them last as long as possible. Proper tire inflation, regular tire rotation, and wheel balancing are critical keys to long tire life. The team at Honest-1 can inspect your tires for signs of uneven wear and diagnose the problem directly next time you stop by if you are concerned about this. Please don't hesitate to call us anytime with further questions, or to make an appointment.