TIRE MAINTENANCE

TIRE ROTATION
Since tires act as a carís connection to the ground, they are bound to wear over time. However, different positions on the car in which tires are located, such as front right, front left, back right, and back left, wear the tires differently. In order to improve the longevity of your tires as well as keep them in optimum handling condition, the tires need to be rotated approximately every 5,000 to 7,000 miles.

For a front wheel drive car, the rotation is as follows: the front left tire moves to the back left, front right to back right, back left to front right, and back right to front left. A rear wheel drive car is similar but not the same: the back left tire moves to the front left, back right to front right, front left to back right, and front right to back left.

For cars with tires that have directional patterns, the front left tire simply switches with the back left and the front right switches with the back right. For different size tires in the front than the back in width or diameter, the front two tires can be switch with each other and the back two with each other.

TIRE INFLATION
Although it may not seem to make a difference how much air is put into a tire as long as it is full and the car moves, it truly does affect many aspects of driving. Tires can be both under-inflated and over-inflated, both of which can be detrimental for proper driving.

If the tires are under-inflated, there is much more contact with the ground which slows down the car, weakens the quick responsive handling, and has limited durability and life.

On the other hand, with over-inflated tires, the contact patch is smaller and thus there is less traction as well as over-inflation weakens the structural integrity of the tire as well. It is important to always make sure that your tires are at the proper pressure and are maintained and check regularly.