Depending on your vehicle type and driving habits, it’s recommended to inspect and rotate your vehicle’s tires every 5,000 – 7,000 miles.
At Faulkner Auto Group, our team of friendly service pros have been helping Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Trevose drivers with their maintenance needs for decades. Continue reading to learn a few tips on how to extend your tire’s use along with some warning signs to keep you safe on the road.
Why Should I Rotate my Tires?
Your tires are what literally connect your vehicle to the road and provide the grip needed to successfully steer and brake. Over time, your vehicle’s treads will slowly wear down from usage becoming less effective.
If your vehicle uses FWD, the front tires more than likely wear down faster than the rear since they bear most of the vehicle’s weight and handle things like sharp cornering. Regularly rotating your tires allows them to wear down evenly, greatly extending each tire’s usage.
Local road conditions often will play a major role in the lifespan of your tires so it’s important to keep up with regular checkups to avoid an unexpected breakdown. While there’s no set marker, you should plan to replace your tires every 40,000 – 60,000 miles. A certified technician can provide a fair estimate on when each tire should be replaced to help you plan your schedule and budget.
4 Signs You Need to Replace Your Tires
Worn or damaged tires not only make it harder for you to maneuver, but they also can suck your vehicle’s fuel-efficiency and potentially cause serious damage to your vehicle’s suspension and brakes. That’s why it’s recommended you check your tires at least once per month for any signs of damage.
Some of the most easy-to-spot signs of tire trouble include:
- Tire Pressure Light. If you notice your TPMS light continually shows up on your dash, it’s a sign that at least one of your tires has a slow leak and needs to be serviced.
- Bulges and Spider Cracks. Often the result of driving over rough roads, if you notice any serious cracking or bulging along your tire’s sidewall, immediately have the tire replaced to avoid a blowout.
- Vibrating Pedal. If you notice your brake pedal vibrates or jolts when you step on it, it might be an issue with your tires. As previously mentioned, worn treads lack the stopping power needed in an emergency and cause your vehicle to skid and slip when braking hard.
- Bald Treads. Inside your tire’s tread well exists a small indicator bar. When that indicator bar becomes exposed it means your tires are completely worn out and you need to replace them as soon as possible.
Schedule a Tire Rotation Today!
The simplest way to extend the health and safety of your vehicle is by keeping up with its routine maintenance and checkups. At Faulkner Auto Group Service Center, our team provides dependable and thorough care to keep your vehicle running at peak performance.
If after reading this you realize you’re due for a tire rotation, simply stop in during service hours or go online to schedule an appointment that best fits your schedule!