Everyone likes to get more out of their car. However there is one thing people can do to get more out of their tires, that is often ignored. Tire rotation can help increase the life expectancy of your tires. As you drive your car’s tires will wear unevenly, this causes the tread to wear down on one area of your tire faster, causing them to wear out more quickly. A tire rotation moves tires to different positions, so this uneven wear is more evenly distributed on your tires.
There are a lot of factors that go into how your tires wear down. Driving style, road conditions, tire pressure, your car, and time. Most people don’t think about it, but a car that sits idle in a spot, often for years, without moving can cause the tires to deform. Having the tire sit idle for an extended period creates a flat spot that can cause problems on its own. The types of surface you drive on can impact the life of your tires as well. Rough abrasive terrain can cause your tires to wear faster than a smooth paved road. If you drive making a lot of turns, your tires on the outside of the typical turns you make will wear more quickly than the inside tires of those turns.
Tire pressure is one of those factors that has a big enough impact on the performance and life of your tire that it gets its own category. An underinflated tire will have the surface of your tire bow inwards. The bowing causes the outsides of your tire to wear faster than the inside. Underinflated tires also are at a higher risk of blowing out because of the increased friction caused by underinflation. Overinflation is also a big problem. When your tire is overinflated, the tire becomes more rounded, causing the center of the tread area to become raised, putting excess strain on your car and wearing down the middle faster.
It is an unavoidable fact that car tires go out of alignment. Wheel misalignment can happen in an instant or over years of driving. When the tires become out of alignment, the tires are not pressed square against the road. Misaligned wheels cause uneven wear on your tires, reducing the tire life expectancy. Getting an alignment when you first notice the problem is key to extending your tires life expectancy. By fixing your wheel alignment, you can keep your car’s tires longer and get more miles out of them.
Ways to tell if you need an alignment:
If the steering wheel is off center while driving straight.
Your call pulls to one side on a smooth flat surface.
If your car’s tires are visible uneven when standing in front or behind your vehicle.
You feel a wobble in your steering wheel while driving.
Auto Mechanic North Barrington
Like most services, a trusted auto mechanic is something everyone wants. The only problem is finding that mechanic. Kranz Auto has been around for over 70 years and moved from our original shop to a new location in 1973 to the Kranz Auto shop in North Barrington. With over 70 years of experience and is still family owned to this day, you can be sure that you’ll be treated like family. So stop on in between 5,000 and 8,000 miles and have them rotate your tires for an excellent price.