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Is tire rotation and balancing the same thing?

Sep 1

The tires are most likely to be replaced the most frequently of all the parts in your car. Why? Why? Simply put, tires are what touches the road. This means they will see some wear and tear. How often should your tires be rotated? There will be a recommended rotation schedule for each vehicle. This information is usually found in the owner's manual. 

However, it is generally recommended that tires are balanced and rotated every six months or 6,000-8,000 miles. This will vary depending on your vehicle's age and whether you use standard oil (rather than synthetic). Why rotate your tires? Are tire rotation and balance the same thing? Continue reading to learn more.

Are tire rotation and balancing one thing?

Tire balancing should be done every time your tires are rotated. However, they are not the same thing. Rotating tire is moving them from their current location. It doesn't matter if you move the front tires in one direction; this is just a simple position change. 

Balancing the tire ensures that the tire and combined wheel are evenly distributed in weight. This can be done by positioning the tire or attaching small weights to the wheel. This requires special machinery.

Unbalanced tires can cause your car to shake. This could be because your shop didn't do a good job or because you have been exposed.

Why is tire rotation so important?

Rotating your tires is crucial because they will wear unevenly as you drive. You might be very careful about where you put your weight, or you prefer to make right turns quickly. One tire might wear out faster than the others. Rotating tires allows them to wear in different ways, making them last longer. Check out our past tips and tricks to learn more about vehicle maintenance and vehicles.