Extending the life of your tires

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We have all heard of tire rotation, but what are the benefits and how exactly does it work? There are actually several benefits to rotating your tires. It can extend the life of your tires, ensure safer handling and help improve your mileage – saving you money at the pump.

Tire rotation is actually a very simple maintenance task – if you have the right equipment. It simply refers to moving each tire to a different location to help ensure even wear. If you think about it, your front tires have a bigger job when it comes to starting, stopping and cornering. Front-wheel drive cars, of course, cause wear on tires because the front tires are what get the car moving. Stopping usually shifts the weight of the car forward so the front tires again are doing more of the work. And, of course, the front tires are how you steer, so the outside edges wear more every time you need to corner.

There are other factors at play as well. If your wheels are not properly aligned, your tires can wear unevenly. Wheel alignment is actually an adjustment to your vehicle’s suspension, not to the wheels themselves. Properly aligned wheels ensure that your tires make contact with the road properly. So it goes without saying that maintaining your suspension is important too. Underinflated tires can cause uneven wear as well. It can also affect your fuel efficiency, causing you to use more gas.

Tire rotation helps ensure each of your tires undergoes a variety of wear patterns throughout its lifetime. By switching their position, each one shares the heavier duties required on the road, and they all will wear at an equal rate. Your Hyundai Owner’s Manual can tell you how often you should rotate your tires or talk to a Hyundai Service Representative.

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