Why is Tire Rotation Important?

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Why rotate tires? It extends the life of your tires, which ensures that you’re getting more for your investment. What does rotating your tires do exactly? Since your tires don’t wear evenly, rotating your tires regularly prevents any single tire from wearing out faster than the other tires. Learn more about how often to rotate tires and additional tire care tips from the service experts at the Mercedes-Benz of West Chester service center. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions.

How Does Drivetrain Affect Tire Rotation? 

When you accelerate, brake, turn your wheels, and drive around curves in the Cincinnati and Oxford areas, it all requires friction between your tires and the road. Depending on your vehicle’s drivetrain, your tire treads wear out at different rates.

  • Front-wheel drive vehicle: Engine power gets directed to the front wheels, which are responsible for steering, starting, and the majority of the stopping force. Because of this, the front tires wear out the fastest.
  • Rear-wheel drive vehicle: Engine power goes to the rear wheels, but the front wheels are still responsible for steering and most of the braking. The rear tires still wear out much faster than the front tires, but at a slower rate.
  • All-wheel drive vehicle: Engine power is distributed evenly, but some experts say that the rear tires will still wear out faster.
  • Intelligent all-wheel drive systems: Driving around curves means different levels of strain and friction on the inside tires vs. outside tires. Some advanced AWD systems can direct power to an individual wheel while driving around a curve for smoother cornering, which also affects tire life.

How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires? 

On average, a tire rotation should be done every six months or every 5,000 miles to 8,000 miles. These intervals can vary depending on your Mercedes-Benz vehicle. It’s good to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for exact figures. If you’re still unsure about how often to rotate your tires or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our service center to speak with one of our factory-trained and certified technicians.

What Happens if I Don’t Rotate My Tires?

You know why to rotate tires, but what happens if you neglect to rotate your tires? Failing to rotate your tire regularly and replace them when needed can result to serious consequences: 

  • Poor traction and skidding on the roads
  • More rapid deterioration of brake pads
  • Flat tires and blowouts

Get Additional Tire Care Tips at Mercedes-Benz of West Chester

Whether you have questions about how often to rotate tires or would like more tire care tips, don’t hesitate to give our service center a call. If you need to have your tires rotated, schedule your service appointment right at home! Be sure to take advantage of our rotating selection of service specials offered on our website.

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