Why Is Tire Rotation Important?
When your BMW is equipped with healthy tires, you’ll have an easier time driving around Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland. One way to help keep them healthy is by getting the tires rotated regularly. Though, why is tire rotation so important?
We’ll help answer that question in our guide to tire rotations. Read through the information below and contact us at BMW of Atlantic City to schedule a service appointment.
Benefits of a Tire Rotation
There are many benefits to getting your tires rotated, such as:
- Preventing uneven wear
- Preserving balanced handling
- Helping to maintain traction
Tires tend to wear unevenly just from everyday driving. The front ones wear more on the outside edges because they lean over whenever you go around a corner. Since the back ones just follow the front, they don’t wear down as quickly.
If you left your tires in the same place, then you’ll have a rough ride and unstable handling. Plus, you’ll lose traction, which can be very dangerous, especially on slick roads. Furthermore, the tires that wear down faster will have to be replaced more frequently, which can be quite costly.
So, to prevent all of that from happening, you’ll want to get the tires rotated at regular intervals.
When You Should Rotate Your Tires
It’s recommended to get a tire rotation every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. For the exact number, you’ll want to refer to your owner’s manual.
A good way to remember when to get a tire rotation is to have it done at the same time as an oil change. This way, you can easily keep track of when all the important maintenance checks have been completed.
Tire Rotation Patterns
When you get a tire rotation, the service technician will do it in a specific pattern, based on the type of vehicle you have.
For example, if you have a front-wheel drive car, the tires will be rotated in a Forward Cross pattern. The front tires will go to back on the same side. The back tires will then go to the front in a diagonal pattern. So, the back right will go to the front left, and the back left will go to the front right.
If you have a rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive vehicle, then the tires will get rotated in a Rearward Cross Pattern. This follows the Forward Cross method, but in reverse. This time, the back tires will go to the front on the same sides. Then, the front left tire will go to the back right, and the front right will go to the back left.
A rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive automobile can also follow an X-Pattern. This means that each tire will get rotated diagonally, which will go as follows:
- The front left tire goes to the back right.
- The front right tire goes to the back left.
- The back left tire goes to the front right.
- The back right tire goes to the front left.
Schedule a Tire Rotation Today
As you can see, tire rotations are crucial for extending the lifespan of your tires and preventing unnecessary tire repairs down the road. More importantly, they’re done to help keep you safe on the roads of Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland.
So, if your BMW needs a tire rotation, don’t wait. Schedule service at BMW of Atlantic City today!