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What good is it to rotate tires?

Rotating your tires saves you money. A proper tire rotation will ensure even wear on your tires. Even wear on your tires extends the life of your tires. Longer life on your tires means you don't have to buy as many. And not only that! Even tire wear also improves your gas mileage, and that saves you money at the pump. Ensuring even wear on your tires is much better on your suspension (reducing maintenance on that), which means it will improve handling and performance as well as reducing road noise.

It's one of those simple maintenance things that really goes a long way!

What causes tires to wear unevenly?

Good tires that are properly balanced when they're put on still wear unevenly. One of the biggest culprits is weight distribution. The engine weighs a lot, and it's on one end of the car. That will naturally put more pressure on those tires. Think about who is in your car at any given time. Unless everyone weighs the same and fills out all the seats in every drive, one side of the car is going to have more weight on it.

The other big reason that tires don't wear the same is turning. The front tires take the brunt of it in steering, just in moving the wheel and changing the angle the tires meet the road. A good turn involves braking into the turn and accelerating out. Braking into a turn drives more momentum to the front wheels, and to the part of those tires that are on the outside of the turn. In fact, braking and accelerating changes the wear across tires, too.

The last big contributor to uneven wear is how power gets to the tires. Subaru's Symmetical All-Wheel Drive means that even power goes to all tires, but even then, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is designed to give you maximum control and traction at all times, which means one tire may get less power if it's slipping. Front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive incur more uneven wear because of how that power is distributed.

Uneven tire wear is a thing that happens on every vehicle. Rotating your tires regularly mitigates it and maximizes how long you can use your tires.

When should I rotate my tires?

Your owner's manual will have the recommended intervals listed for you. If you don't want to walk out to your glove compartment, you can look up your Subaru owner manual online. We include tire rotation in our Level 2 service; so if you stay on top of your service, you're already covered. You can check to see when those intervals are on our service menu.

How hard is it to rotate tires?

Rotating your tires is pretty simple. Depending on what kind of vehicle you have and what tires you have, there are different ways to rotate and ways you shouldn't rotate. All that information should be in your owner's manual. It takes at least a jack, tire iron, and some effort. If you don't want to mess with that, we offer tire rotations for $19 through our Subaru Express Service. You don't even have to have a Subaru to enjoy it! Just come by whenever we're open and we can get you taken care of--no appointment necessary.

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