We’ve been talking about spring maintenance lately, in addition to the new feature of Hyundai Owner Assurance that gives you three years of complimentary maintenance, so we thought we’d go ahead and tackle a question that we’ve been asked quite a bit. When exactly should you be getting your tires rotated? Tire rotation is a very important part of any regular maintenance plan, which is why it’s one of the services included in that Owner Assurance program we just mentioned. We’ll give you a little bit of a rundown below.
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Taking good care of your tires is essential not just to your own personal safety and the safety of others in your vehicle and those around you, but to the longevity of your tires as well. If you feel like you’re purchasing a new set of tires every couple of years, there’s probably a reason there isn’t more time between purchases, and tire rotation is probably a big part of that.
What is tire rotation?
Tire rotation can be a confusing phrase, as it doesn’t make it super clear what is being done. Are the tires getting flipped so that the tread that was facing out is now facing in? Not quite. In fact, tire rotation is the act of removing the entire wheel and tire from the vehicle and moving it to a new position on your car. So for instance, with a front-wheel drive vehicle, the left front wheel will be moved to the back left, the right front wheel will be moved to the back right, then the left back wheel will be moved to the front right and the right back wheel will be moved to the front left. The patterns will be different for other drive systems, such as rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
So how often?
Follow the instruction in your owner’s manual to be sure, but the general recommendation is every 5,000 miles. In other words, you’ll typically want to get your tires rotated whenever you get your oil changed.
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