The Importance of Tire Rotations and Balancing Tires

Tires create the foundation of your vehicle. Just like a house, if that foundation isn't even, the entire structure will have problems. Proper tire inflation is just one aspect of keeping your vehicle's foundation level and running smoothly. The proper maintenance of your tires includes rotations, alignment, and balancing.

While tire rotations sometimes seem like an annoying task that can be delayed until much later or even ignored completely, they are just as important as other routine maintenance and can actually save you money in the long run. Not all positions on your vehicle are created equally. Some tires receive more wear than others depending on your typical driving route and whether your vehicle is a front-wheel, all-wheel, or rear-wheel-drive design. For example, a front-wheel-drive vehicle whose driver makes a lot of left turns will have a front left tire that wears at a faster rate than the other tires. Left in its place, it would soon wear out and need replacing while the other tires have many thousands of miles of wear left on them.

In order to keep your tires wearing at the same rate so they can all be replaced at the same time, your vehicle's manufacturer includes an ideal rotation pattern in your owner's manual. There may be subtle variations, but typically the front tires move to the rear while the rear tires come forward. Tires may also be switched from the left side of the vehicle to the right side. The positive effects of rotation include a smoother ride, more use out of your tires, and avoiding the conditions that can lead to a blowout. Typically you'll want to have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles.

Balancing and alignment may seem like the same thing, but they are different procedures that have a very different effect on your tires as you commute from Fontana to Moreno Valley. Balancing your tires keeps the weight distribution of your vehicle placed evenly over each tire. As you drive, imperfections in the road, like potholes, can minutely affect the weight distribution of the leading tire, adding pressure to it and the axel that surrounds it. Over time, as the weight shifts, you may notice a vibration when traveling at higher speeds, although it often doesn't manifest in this way. The unbalanced tire will wear unevenly and create heat, which will degrade it further. It's a good idea to have your tires balanced about as often as you have them rotated.

An alignment changes the angle of your tires relative to the road. This is achieved by adjusting your vehicle's suspension rather than manipulating the tires themselves, but the net result will have an enormous effect on your tires. A car that is out of alignment may vibrate, show uneven tire wear, or pull to one side or the other as you're driving. Proper alignment not only saves unnecessary wear on your tires but will also keep your steering wheel pointing true as you drive rather than angling right or left. Alignments are typically done every time you buy a new set of tires.

Visit Riverside Kia Today!

At Riverside Kia, our knowledgeable technicians can suggest the proper schedule for services like tire rotations, balancing, and alignment. We always take manufacturer recommendations into account and provide the kind of care that will keep your vehicle riding smoothly on the highway. Along with mounting, aligning, and balancing, we can also check your tread depth and inflation level, so you're driving safely in all kinds of weather. Check with us often to see if we're running specials on the tire services you need so we can help you to save even more money when caring for your vehicle. Whether you're in Corona or San Bernadino, make your way to Riverside Kia to learn more.


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