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. We can also help you make the best choice of replacement tires.
Tire rotation is one of the simplest ways to extend the life of your tires and ensure your vehicle runs more efficiently. Tires with too much wear can make your vehicle less stable and make driving more dangerous. Worn tires can also increase fuel consumption as it puts a greater strain on your engine.
Tire Balancing Service
When you have weight imbalances, your car or truck may vibrate or have other performance issues, and your tire tread will wear faster. When weight is distributed evenly around the tire/wheel assembly, you’ll have a smoother ride and your tires will last longer.
Our balancing services include removing the tires and wheels, mounting the wheels on 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.
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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.