Tire rotation is simply moving each tire on your vehicle to a different location. This helps ensure that all tires wear evenly overtime and last longer, saving you both time and money. Tires should be rotated based on your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation or, as a standard guideline, every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. However, if irregular wear occurs before 6,000 miles, your tires should be rotated regardless. Check your tires monthly for tire wear or damage.
When tires are mounted, sometimes the distribution of weight is not even all around the tire and the wheel can become out of balance, meaning that one area of the tire is heavier or lighter than the rest. Once this happens, bouncing or wobbling can occur while driving, which can decrease tread life, increase vibration, and cause stress on your vehicle.
Tire balancing compensates for the weight differences by adding weights wherever necessary until the tire is balanced again. Tire balance should be performed when a tire is replaced, when a balance weight is moved or removed, or when you purchase new tires. If you experience any wobbling or vibration while driving, contact your mechanic immediately.