Tire Rotation and Tire Balancing
Make sure you get the most from your investment in your new tires by keeping up with a maintenance schedule that includes tire rotation and tire balancing.
Come to BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers for expert tire services provided by our ASE-certified technicians at every location.
Tire Rotation Service
Proper tire rotation helps your tires wear more evenly and maximizes the life of your tires. Regular tire rotation also allows our tire experts to inspect your tires for other issues that may affect performance.
The mechanics at your nearest BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers location will quickly rotate your tires and also let you know if any of your tires are no longer roadworthy. Tires with too much wear can make your vehicle less stable and make driving more dangerous. Worn tires can also increase fuel consumption, as this puts a greater strain on your engine. We can also help you make the best choice of replacement tires if that becomes necessary. BRAKEmax carries all major tire brands!
Tire tread wear can cause cupping or wearing on one side of the tire. This changes the way the tire deals with bumps or slopes on the road. You will be able to feel this in the steering, and a car that pulls to one side can be difficult to drive. Plus, fighting this pull to one side can be extremely tiring over long distances.
Tire rotation is one of the simplest ways to extend the life of your tires and ensure your vehicle runs more efficiently. Our goal at BRAKEmax is to prevent tire repairs before they happen. And the tire rotation cost is minimal as part of a preventive maintenance package.
Tire Rotation Basics
All the tires on your car or truck wear at different rates. This means that rotating the tires on a regular schedule extends tire life by breaking tire wear patterns. On a front-wheel drive vehicle the rear tires should get moved to the front and the front tires to the rear. The goal is to keep the best tires on the front of the car. The front tires tend to wear faster since they are the driving and steering tires. Rotating them regularly will allow for maximum wear from all the tires. This will also create more stability on the road.
Check your car’s owner’s manual for the recommended rotation pattern or consult the BRAKEmax tire technicians about the best rotation to get the most out of the tire.
Tires that are never rotated can create a dangerous situation for anyone on the road around you as well as those in the car. A blowout of one of your tires, especially at high speeds, can be deadly. Worn tires also strain your engine, increasing fuel consumption.
When you drive into BRAKEmax for a tire inspection, the tires and wheels on your vehicle will be moved to new positions, but the tire specialists will also check for any other problems while they perform this service. And if any of your tires need to be replaced, our service staff will help you pick out the best tire for you. When you say, “Rotate tires!” much more happens at BRAKEmax.
Tire Rotation Schedule
Tire experts recommend new tires be rotated at 5,000 miles, and then every 6,000 to 8,000 miles after that. New tires have deeper tread, so the tires wear quickly, but, in that case, a longer interval is all that is necessary.
If you make it a habit to have your tires rotated whenever you have your oil changed, you won’t have to remember an additional schedule! Ask one of our service staff members to add tire rotation to your oil change schedule.
Every guideline or rule has exceptions. This is true for tire rotation, too. Here are some things to keep in mind about rotating the tires on your vehicles:
The tread on these tires only goes in one direction. For this reason, they must move only from back to front, not from one side of the car to the other. This limits the benefits of tire rotation, so directional tires don’t get as much benefit from being rotated. Check with our BRAKEmax tire team about how often to perform this service.
Truck tires are sometimes not the same on the front and rear axles. This is because load ratings and tread patterns can differ for the needs and type of the truck. Rotation in this case may not always be practical.
Tire Balancing Service
Tire balancing is a separate service from tire alignment. Your vehicle will provide a smooth ride as long as the tread on every tire is even and the tires are in balance. In order to accomplish that, each tire needs to weigh exactly the same as the others. But tread wears as it turns on the surface of the road, so the weight changes. The problem is that each tire wears down differently on each wheel assembly, so they become unbalanced. Unbalanced tires can also happen due to damaged wheels or bent rims.
These weight imbalances cause your car or truck to vibrate or have other performance issues. The tread will also wear faster. The vibrations will get progressively more noticeable the faster the car is moving.
Tire Balancing Basics
When your front tires are out of balance, this results in a steering wheel vibration. When your rear tires are unbalanced, seat vibrations are the result. If these imbalances aren’t corrected quickly, your tires will wear even faster or more unevenly. Your vehicle also will begin to require more gas to keep up with the worn tires.
If tires are left unbalanced, your shocks, bearings, and eventually the wheel assembly will be damaged. The result is a costly fix plus the amount of vibration becoming more and more dangerous. When weight is distributed evenly around the tire/wheel assembly, you’ll have a smoother ride, and your tires will last longer.
BRAKEmax uses a computerized balancing machine to make these corrections. The machine spins each tire at highway speeds and the computer identifies where the tire is unbalanced. Then, the system identifies where small weights should be placed on the wheel. The technician places these thin metal pieces on the wheel’s rim to bring the tire back into balance.
Our balancing services include removing the tires and wheels, mounting the wheels on this specialized equipment, correcting imbalances, and remounting the tires and wheels.
We recommend that you come in for balancing services if you notice vibrations in your steering wheel, seat, or floorboards at high speeds or a cupped wear pattern on your tires.
Tire Balancing Schedule
New tires are generally aligned and balanced when they are placed on the car. After that, routine preventive maintenance is the key. A good guideline is to have the tires rebalanced every two years or every 5000 to 7500 miles.
However, if you notice vibrations beginning at any point in the life of the tires, have the tires inspected. Another effective tactic is to have the tires rebalanced whenever they are rotated. Ask our service staff to set up a schedule for you.
It’s also a good policy to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for their recommendation on a tire balancing schedule.
Keep Your Tires Safe—Book Your Appointment Today.
Tire rotation and tire balancing are two separate services, but both are essential to ensure your safety and extend the life of your tires.
Come to the experts at BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers for all your tire service needs. Book your appointment at the BRAKEmax location that fits your schedule and geographic area.
Don’t forget to check all the tire rotation and balancing specials and coupons on the BRAKEmax website! Our goals are to provide superior quality auto service, customer service, and the best value in tires and tire care.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your front and rear axles wear tires at different rates. Consistent rotation helps to keep the tires wearing evenly and allows tire experts to inspect for abnormal wear – catching problems before they cause damage.
The industry can sometimes change their minds on this topic, but the conventional wisdom right now is that the better tires belong on the rear to help prevent fishtailing. This is the case regardless of whether the vehicle is front-wheel, rear-wheel, or all-wheel drive.
If your tires are relatively new, we recommend having them rotated at the 5,000-mile mark because their deeper tread is more susceptible to uneven wear. For older tires, keep to a tire rotation schedule of 6,000 to 8,000 miles to help ensure all of your tires last longer and wear more evenly. At BRAKEmax, we recommend that you have your tires checked and rotated during your regular oil and filter change appointment.
Tire rotation is a task best left to the professionals. Our ASE-certified technicians will ensure that your tires are properly aligned and moved to the proper position on your car or truck. As we rotate your tires, we will also check your tire pressure and look for any early signs of other types of issues you may have with your tires.
The most common signs that your tire/wheel assembly is imbalance are:
- Vibrations in your seat, floorboard, or steering wheel
- Uneven tire wear
In many cases, vibration in your steering wheel means that your front tires are out of balance; seat vibrations usually point to rear-wheel imbalance.
Wheel alignment and wheel balancing are two different tasks. When we align your wheels, we check and adjust the angles of your wheels. This helps your tires last longer and helps your car or truck track straight as you’re driving. Wheel balancing is done to make sure your tire/wheel assemblies are spinning properly, which also contributes to tire life and driving performance.
A number of factors can affect the longevity of tires. These include:
- How many miles you put on your car or truck
- Whether you frequently use your vehicle for towing or for hauling heavy loads
- How well you keep up with tire maintenance tasks, such as checking tire pressure, having your tires rotated, and having them balanced
- How you drive—hard cornering and braking, speeding, and other driving habits can wear tires sooner
If you’ve had your tires for more than approximately five years, we recommend having them inspected to ensure there aren’t any issues that you may not have noticed. No matter what types of tires you have, nearly all tires need replacement by the time they’ve been on the road for 10 years.
In addition to regular rotation and balancing, you can help your tires last by maintaining proper inflation; staying below the maximum load capacity of your tires when you’re towing or hauling; avoid driving over debris and potholes; and avoiding fast starts and hard braking and cornering.
Yes, and you should! Although experienced mechanics can spot several types of issues that may not be readily apparent, all car and truck owners can do their own thorough inspections to catch tire problems early.
We recommend that you closely inspect your tires about once a month. Here’s what you can do:
- Check your tread depth: Shallow tread is one of the most common causes of poor tire performance and can even make your tires unsafe. To make sure you tread is at least 2/32” deep, insert a penny head first into the tread; if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tire should be replaced as soon as possible.
- Look at wear patterns: Tires that have been well maintained (such as having regular rotation and balancing) should wear evenly. Schedule an appointment for a tire inspection and tire rotation at your nearest BRAKEmax store.
- Check for objects embedded in tread: It’s normal for tire tread to pick up debris from the road, but the sooner you find and remove any bits of glass, stone, or metal, the better your chances of preventing problems later on.
- Look for damage: Check for holes and punctures, cracks, and cuts. Pay particular attention to your tires’ sidewalls—a split or other type of damage there can make your tires unsafe.
Spare tires don’t get much use, so they’re less likely to be out of balance. The main concern with a spare tire is its condition: You should also inspect your spare when you take a look at your regular tires. We’ll be glad to take a look at your spare tire when you come in for any of our services to make sure the rubber is in good condition and that your spare tire will be ready to roll if you ever need it.
BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers is your one-stop shop for all of your tire needs. In addition to tire rotation and tire balancing, we offer flat tire repair, tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) service, tire sales, and much more.
Whichever BRAKEmax service you need, be sure to check our coupons page when you make your appointment. You’ll find savings on everything from alignment checks and oil changes, to diagnostic service and fuel injection service. We also have the latest manufacturers’ rebates on new tires.
You can save even more with BRAKEmax credit cards, including:
- The BRAKEmax VIP CFNA credit card, which offers a line of credit for car repairs, no annual fee, and low monthly payments.
- The Goodyear credit card for tire specials and special financing. Benefits include eligibility for double rebates on Goodyear Tire purchases.
- The Synchrony Bank CarCareONE card, with no interest if paid in full within six months when you purchase $199 or more.