When you go in for your regular oil change, the mechanic may ask you if you’d like to get your tires rotated. It’s something you know you should do on occasion, but how often and why? Without getting tire rotations, the wear on your tires won’t develop evenly, and the treads won’t be consistent. Below are some examples of wear you should be looking out for.

 

Inner/Outer: This type of wear suggests that your wheel alignment is off.

 

Center: Your tires are likely overinflated if the center is wearing faster than the edges.

 

Edge: If the edges are wearing faster than the center, then your tires are underinflated.

 

Patchy: The tires are out of balance, and you should get them rotated and balanced.

 

Cupping: If there are dips in the wheel among spots that aren’t very worn, it’s likely due to issues with your suspension.

 

You can prevent your tires from being worn unevenly by getting regular tire rotations when you go in for an oil change. It is recommended to get them rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles to extend the life of your tires. The technicians at Auto Works are experienced in tire balancing, rotations, and replacement!