Tires & Wheels: Tire Rotation
Tire rotation refers to the regular practice of switching the position of
each tire on the car.
rotation helps to equalize tread wear and is critical to gain the maximum
life from your tire investment.
Refer to your owner's manual
for the recommended rotation interval and pattern;
a rotation interval of 6,000 miles is recommended. The rotation pattern
varies with different makes and models, which shows the tire locations
during rotation. Some vehicles have different size tires on the front and
back or directional tires. This limits the locations that a tire may take
on the vehicle. When in doubt, check the owner's manual or consult a
professional technician at Hoffman Auto Repair for guidance. Tire rotation
time also offers a good opportunity to have the tires and wheels balanced.
It's another step you can take to maximize your tire investment.
Keep an eye out for these common
signs that you may need new tires or service. If your vehicle exhibits any
of these symptoms, take it to Hoffman Auto Repair.
When driving, your car
pulls to one side or the other.
You notice rhythmic
Your tires are wearing
Your tires won't maintain
proper air pressure.
Shakes at Highway
Low speed wobble in
What do those numbers on your tires represent?
The numbers in the tire size refer to its width,
aspect ratio, and wheel diameter. "185/75R14" means the tire is
185 mm wide, has an aspect ratio (that is, the width divided by
the height) of 75%, and fits on a 14" rim.
"R" means radial tire. They're all radials nowadays. Speed
ratings are usually inserted before the "R." The most common
speed ratings are HR (good for 130mph), VR (149 mph), and ZR
(more than 149 mph).