Hyundai Tire Rotation

 

Keeping up with regular tire rotations is the best way to make sure your tires perform well and wear evenly. Good news: a rotation is inexpensive, and you can opt to have it done at the same time that you're getting your regular oil change. As with most other vehicle maintenance, how often you need your tires rotated depends on your driving habits and conditions, but the average interval is 5,000 miles. That said, it's best not to put this service off if you suspect any kind of issue with your tires.

            Schedule Service

Tire rotations need to be done in a particular manner depending on the vehicle's drivetrain, as tires experience a different degree of wear according to whether or not they're on a drive axle. For two-wheel drive vehicles, the front and rear pairs of tires should be switched. This way, the tires that were doing the bulk of the work (and enduring a lot more wear) on the drive axle are swapped to the rolling axle, where they won't wear so much. The pair that came from the rolling axle then gets to take on the primary role for the next cycle of 5,000 or so miles. Rotations for all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles consist of an X pattern where the front left and back right/front right and back left tires swap positions.

While the tire rotation is being performed, you can also arrange to have the wheel alignment checked. After all, misalignment can be one of the culprits of uneven tire wear. The Hyundai technicians will also take a look at your brake system to check for any deterioration.

 

Determining Tread Wear

You can keep an eye on your tires' wear with an inexpensive tire tread-depth tool that you can find at any auto parts store. But there's also another way that just requires some spare change - a penny, to be exact. If you put the coin in the tread and can see all of Lincoln's head exposed, the tires need to be replaced. On the other hand, if the top portion of his head is sufficiently covered, the tread is still in decent shape. Most tires nowadays have a built-in tread-depth indicator, but if yours don't, any of the previously mentioned methods for determining wear will give you a sufficient idea of whether or not it's time to go tire shopping.


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