Tire Dealers Lewiston ME
Cameron Tire & Service
60 Minot Avenue
Auto Service & Repair, Auto Tire Shop Equipment & Supplies
Mon-Fri: 08: 00am-05: 00pm
American Express, MasterCard, Discover, VISA
805 Lisbon Street
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday: Closed
Sears Roebuck & Co.
20 East Ave & Route 196
Tire Warehouse Central
1455 Lisbon Street
Max Finkelstein Inc
9 Gendron Dr
Government Sales Deliveries,Participates In Goodyear National Promotions,Services National Account Customers
Sears Store #6902
20 East Ave & Rte 196
Sullivan Tire & Auto Service
805 Lisbon St
Government Sales Deliveries,Participates In Goodyear National Promotions,Offers Goodyear Credit Card,Services National Account Customers,Tire and Service Network
1455 Lisbon St
Auto Parts, Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops
Monro Muffler Brake Inc
1455 Lisbon St
Government Sales Deliveries,Participates In Goodyear National Promotions,Offers Goodyear Credit Card,Services National Account Customers
Maine Commercial Tire
6 Enterprise Street
When Should You Rotate Your Tires?
When Should You Rotate Your Tires? By Alison Lakin, Associate Editor
Ever looked at the bottom of your shoes and noticed that one area of the sole is more worn than another? The way you walk causes a wear pattern to occur as you put more weight on certain areas of your feet. The same thing happens with your car. Just imagine your tires are the shoe soles of the car. The act of driving throws the auto's weight around, leaving distinctive erosion patterns on the tires. In order to combat the inevitable uneven wear, you have to rotate your tires to different locations on your vehicle.
What Causes Wear?
Tire wear can become uneven for a number of reasons. A car's weight dispersion can be a factor, especially if you have a front-wheel drive vehicle. Not only do the tires on these have to endure the steering, braking and accidental bruises from parking but also carry the entire weight of both the engine and the front axle.
"There are a lot of things that can wear out tires," says Joel Burrows, Precision Tune Auto Care's Car Doc. "Incorrect tire pressure and uneven alignment can result in tire wear. Also, because of the weight distribution in the car, the front tires can wear out twice as fast as the rear ones."
Your tires will give you a little warning that the tread is uneven. Considering that there shouldn't be noise emanating from your tires, listen for a humming sound coming from them on smooth roads. That is a good indication it may be time for a rotation. Burrows advises, "But don't wait until you see uneven wear in your tires. Once abnormal tire wear occurs it is very difficult to correct even through rotation, although rotating can certainly help some".
Manufacturers recommend you rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles, convenient timing to perform the service roughly at every other oil change, depending on when you change it.
If you drive your car pretty hard, or have a four-wheel drive vehicle, you may want to rotate your tires a little more often than that. In these cases, Burrows suggests having your tires rotated at 5,000 miles.
Why Do It?
At this point, you may be wondering why you even need to be spending this much time on tire rotation. Well, for one thing, it's safer.
Burrows agrees, saying, "Safety is definitely an issue if you don't rotate your tires. If you have balder tires on the front, you are at risk of losing control of the steering and getting into an accident."
By rotating your tires, your vehicle's braking will be more even, thus more effective; and the handling will be more balanced. Things you'll notice as soon as those tires get moved around. Evenly worn tires also
equate to a smoother ride, with increased traction and better gas mileage.
With all your tires wearing down at the same rate, you'll be able to purchase a new set of four when the time comes instead of going in for the front tires, followed by another visit to b...
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