If you need New Tires, Mesa, AZ is home to Accurate Automotive's Tire Center.
Every car owner needs to understand a thing or two about evaluating the condition of your tires. Mesa, AZ is home to Accurate Automotive, which is pleased to provide drivers with a little insight on why it is so important for everybody to understand the condition of your tires. The following discussion centers on what causes tires to require rotation, how frequently drivers should rotate or replace their tires, and a few pieces of useful knowledge about tires that drivers should understand.
Tire Rotation - why is it necesary?
Even without considering outside factors, the weight of a car is generally distributed unevenly between the front and rear axles. This, of course, causes the tires to wear unevenly, which in turn requires the tires to be rotated on a regular basis. Most cars have the engine in the front, which means that the front end of the car is heavier. This is certainly true for front-engine cars that are also front-wheel drive. On such a car, the front tires wear out quicker than the rear tires so regular rotation is a must.
When mechanical problems arise in an automobile, it may lead to uneven tire wear. A perfect example is when the alignment goes out on an automobile. While fixing the alignment will remedy the problem, it is oftentimes necessary to also rotate the tires to compensate for the tire wear that has already occurred. A trusted technician is best suited to perform the job.
Even driving patterns affect how tires wear. Drivers who follow regular driving routes generally create uneven tire wear on their automobile’s tires. This is not to say that drivers need to alternate their driving courses, only to say that regular tire rotation is of utmost importance.
How frequently should drivers rotate tires?
Depending on the make and model of the car in question, tire rotation is recommended between every 6,000 and 10,000 miles. However, this figure may change depending on the condition of the car and the driver’s driving patterns. As such, it is important for drivers to keep a watchful eye on the condition of their tires. Moreover, a trusted technician can provide expert advice as to how often tires should be rotated.
The rotation pattern varies depending on the tires and the make of the automobile. Generally speaking, the tires on the front should be switched with the tires on the back, and the tires should be crossed when placed on the rear axle. However, certain cars and tires require different rotation patterns so it is always best to leave this job to a technician that is familiar with the car.
Useful tire rotation tips
- Most times it is preferable to keep the better tires on the rear of the car, as this will add to the safety and stability of the automobile.
- Front-wheel drive automobiles generally require more frequent tire rotation.
- Good tires are essential to driver safety, so drivers need to know where to go for tire rotation.
Improve your vehicle's handling, increase tire life, and drive with safety by checking your tires every month to insure that they are inflated with the right amount of air pressure. We offer a wide range of tires for your vehicle. Let our professionals help you find, balance, and mount the right tires for your car.
Call us or email and let us help you with your tire services. Below are some of the tire services that we offer:
- Tire Sales
- Wheel Alignment
- Tire Mounting
- Tire Balancing
- Tire Rotation
- Tire Inspection
Mesa, AZ residents can count on Accurate Automotive to get the job done. We carry a full line of tires ,including private label tires built by Michilin as well as these fine brands:
Tire Guide and Tips: Understanding Your Tire
For example, the number may read P225/70-R15, 89H:
P = Passenger Tire (LT = Light Truck)
225 = Overall width of the tire in millimeters
70 = Sidewall height (distance from rim to tread) as a percentage of the thread width (known as aspect ratio)
R = Tire construction, this one is Radial (also, B = Belted Bias, D = Diagonal Bias
15 = Represents the size of the wheel in inches
In this example, the tire has the number 89H. This is the weight capacity of the tire. However, in most cases, you will not see this heading on the sidewall.
A speed rating is sometimes put in front of the R (or B or D). A straight R rating means that it is rated for speeds of up to 100mph. The manufacturer does not recommended this tire for speeds greater than 100 mph. Other speed ratings are: S=112mph, T=118mph, U=124mph, H=130mph, V=149mph, & a Z rated tire is for speeds in excess of 149mph.
The V and Z rated tires have excellent dry pavement grip/traction but due to their soft rubber compounds, do not have a long life.
A tread rating indicates how long a tire should last. This figure is written in small letters on the sidewall of your tire. The higher the number, the longer the tire should last. 100 is the basic tread wear rating.
The traction rating works just like grading - 'A' being the best, 'B' is good, and 'C' is acceptable. This number is also found on the sidewall.
Temperature ratings work the same - 'A' best, 'B' good, 'C' acceptable. If you drive your car very hard, you want a temperature rating of 'A' because a 'C' would fail faster under these conditions. Again, look for this number on the sidewall.