What is Tire Rotation?

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What is tire rotation? Tire rotation means you strategically move each of your car’s tires to a different position, to balance out uneven wear to the treads. No matter what kind of driving you do, uneven wear patterns are inevitable. Tire rotation helps your tires retain full contact with the ground, for maximum traction even when the road surface in Stockton is less than ideal. What does rotating tires mean you’ll need to do? Some drivers do like to perform tire rotations at home, but most Merced drivers simply stop by their local dealership for service.

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

Tire rotation is crucial for safe driving in Stanislaus, and helps you get the longest possible use out of your tires. You’ll also see it included on your Mercedes-Benz service schedule. For both FWD and AWD vehicles, the rotation pattern involves moving front tires to the rear, rear tires moving to the front. The front tires switch sides as they move to the front, while the rear tires keep to the same side when rotated to the rear. For example, the rear left tire becomes the front left tire, and the front right tire becomes the rear left tire. Tire rotations keep you safe in these important ways:

  • Traction Maintenance: Worn tires have lost some of their tread depth. That loss means reduced traction, which could interfere with your control over the vehicle in certain situations. Tire rotations ensure your tires continue to grip the road surface like they should.
  • Blowout Prevention: As they wear, tires grow increasingly likely to fail. If you’ve ever experienced a tire blowout out as you drive, you’ll know it’s a stressful event that can be dangerous. To learn all you can about preventing blowouts, contact our service center to speak with an expert auto technician.
  • Improved Performance: When tires wear evenly, they work together to deliver a smooth driving experience. Uneven tires often produce an uncomfortable vibration that you’ll eventually feel through the steering wheel.
  • Maximum Efficiency: Worn tires can’t grip the road properly, so they create drag. That causes strain on the engine and increases fuel consumption.

When is it Time for a Tire Rotation?

Most FWD vehicle tires need a rotation every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, while AWD tires will require more frequent rotation every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Your owner’s guide should provide a more exact figure for your make and model. You can also watch for the following signs that it’s time to schedule service for a tire rotation:

  • Uneven Wear: You may be able to find visual evidence of uneven wear between your car’s front and back tires.
  • Vehicle Vibration: If your car seems to vibrate at speeds above 45 mph, it could be due to uneven tire treads. Imbalance in your Mercedes-Benz vehicle can have other causes, so if you can’t find evidence of worn tires, it’s best to have a professional diagnose the problem.
  • Loss of Pressure: Measure your tire pressure regularly and record the results. If one tire is losing air pressure slightly faster than the others, it’s likely under more pressure than the others. We recommend visiting your service center to check out the problem and rule out serious underlying issues.

If you’re due for a tire rotation, you can have the Mercedes-Benz of Modesto service team take care of it, or learn how to rotate your tires yourself!

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