Honda Tire Rotation in North Attleboro, MA
Tire rotations are important for keeping your Honda performing as it should. Without this critical maintenance task, your tires would wear unevenly, with one or two needing to be replaced ahead of the others. Worse, this uneven tread distribution could cause a loss of handling precision or even make a tire prone to blowout.
Since each wheel has a different role on the car depending on the drivetrain, each also wears down differently. On a front-wheel drive Civic, for example, the front wheels wear faster because they are actually driving the car while the rear wheels roll along freely. On an all-wheel-drive CR-V, on the other hand, all four wheels are responsible for driving the vehicle, albeit at different rates depending on real-time driving conditions. Generally speaking, you should have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, which is about the same interval that most cars need their oil changed, making it convenient to have those services done in the same visit. Your Balise Honda technician can tell you if your wheels should be rotated more frequently, depending on your driving style and conditions (for example, if you have a demanding stop-and-go commute).
The Importance of Regular Tire Rotations
Tire rotations not only make your vehicle safer to drive, they also increase the life of your tires, giving you more time between the expense of buying a new set. With regular rotations, you’ll experience better traction, less noise while driving, and decreased stress on the drivetrain. To check if your tires have worn excessively, use a tread gauge or a penny. The penny method is easy: just stick the coin into the tire groove with Lincoln’s head upside-down and facing out. If you can see all of his head, the tire is worn and due to be replaced. More practically, pay attention as you’re driving for tell-tale signs: turns and stops will feel more “slippery” and less controlled. Also make sure to check all four tires for obvious uneven wear, foreign objects, or bulges.
Tire Rotation Sequences
Front-wheel drive (FWD) vehicles and rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicles differ when it comes to which wheels do the most work. Front-wheel drive cars are driven by the front axle, rear-wheel drive cars are propelled by the back axle, and all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles continuously adjust the distribution based on actual road conditions. This influences the tire rotation pattern because the set of tires doing most of the work will wear down faster than the others. With two-wheel drive vehicles, the front and back sets can simply be swapped. On AWD and four-wheel drive vehicles, a cross pattern will be used instead, where the front right will be crossed diagonally to the back left and the front left will switch with the back right. Our factory-trained technicians will properly perform your Honda’s tire rotations and keep you advised as to when it’s time to consider buying a new set.