The Importance of Tire Rotations

The Importance of Tire Rotations
The Importance of Tire Rotations

There are a lot of steps you need to take to ensure your vehicle is running smoothly. One of those is tire rotation. The importance of tire rotations cannot be overstated. Let’s look at a few reasons why you need to do this. Then, you can schedule a service appointment at Stalker Chevrolet to get your car back on track.

  • To determine how often you need your tires rotated, you should check the owner’s manual. In general, many manufacturers recommend a rotation after driving for about 5,000-6,000 miles.
  • With regular tire rotations, you can ensure your tires will have a long life. A rotation makes sure your tires are wearing evenly across all four wheels. If you have a full-size spare, you can also “rotate in” that tire as well.
  • There are specific rotation patterns for different types of vehicles. To know which pattern you should use, you need to know your vehicle’s drive type (front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, etc.), the size of your tires and wheels, and if you have directional tires.

Along with tire rotations, you should also routinely get the tires aligned. Over time as you go over bumps and drive through potholes, your tires can become angled incorrectly. An alignment makes sure everything is lined up correctly.

For all your tire and car care needs, contact Stalker Chevrolet. Our service center can get you what you need.

Using Summer Tires: Why All-Season Tires May Not Be Enough

Most drivers stick with all-season tires because they come standard on many vehicles. Such tires are versatile and can work in many driving conditions, but all-season tires are not always the most suitable tires for your car. For instance, using summer tires may save you money in the long run, improve handling, and prevent blowouts.Using Summer Tires - Stalker Chevrolet - Creston, IA

According to Popular Mechanics, all-season tires are the most popular tires on the road because they usually come standard on vehicles. Despite the phrase “all-season,” such tires do not actually work best in all conditions. Winter tires are specially designed for cold temperatures and slippery surfaces, and in the same manner, summer tires are made for hot asphalt. In their specific conditions, they both work much better than ordinary all-season tires.

Summer tires are made with special rubber compounds that stand up in hot temperatures. They are also great for damp-road traction like you experience in the spring. They don’t work as well in the winter on snow and ice, but if you substitute tires out twice a year, you’ll be better prepared for the seasons.

Why should you bother? In addition to improved handling and safety, switching to summer tires can save you money in the long run. Because such tires are designed for the conditions in which you are driving, they tend to last longer. All-season tires don’t have to be changed every winter/summer, but they are also mediocre in terms of durability and handling.

Switching to seasonal tires is right for most drivers—is it right for you? For more information about tire care and replacement, stop by Stalker Chevrolet today.