At Richmond Ford Lincoln, we're always recommending routine maintenance and service to our friends and neighbors in the Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville area to help them keep their vehicle lasting for a long time. But when it comes to listing off the items on the recommended maintenance list, a lot of drivers ask us "what is a tire rotation?" Well, we're here to answer that and talk about why you should have your tires rotated with us at Richmond Ford Lincoln.

What is a Tire Rotation?

A tire rotation is a form of service that's recommended to be performed around the same time as your oil change. During your service intervals, we'll carefully inspect your tires to see if there are any signs of wear or potential issues that could severely damage your tires. Then, we'll rotate your tires. There are a variety of ways that your tires can be rotated, but here's a few of the tire rotation patterns:

  • Tires with a directional tread pattern must be rotated from front to rear on the same side.
  • Non-directional tires are rotated using the cross pattern. Rear wheel drive vehicles tire rotations require the front tires to the opposite side in the rear. For front-wheel drive vehicles, simply do the opposite with the rear tires being moved to the opposite side in the front.

Get more information on how to check your tire tread in this article.

Why Have Your Tires Rotated?

Having a proper tire rotation performed is very beneficial to your vehicle. The tire rotation is performed to help keep your tires wearing evenly. When you're out on the road and the tires are turning, they're constantly rubbing against the ground, slowly wearing. The tire rotation helps your tires even out while increasing their lifespan, so you can put off a costly replacement while getting the most out of your current tires. 

It's always recommended that when it's time for new tires, you get the whole set as opposed to a single replacement. Placing a new tire on your vehicle with the other three being the old ones will have a negative effect on your driving. It's because the new tire hasn't gotten the use or wear as the older ones, and the ride may be rocky and uneven. So, when it's time to replace a tire, it's recommended that you replace them all at the same time for the best results.

Having Your Tires Rotated at Richmond Ford Lincoln

Whenever you need service, whether it's an oil change or a more complicated repair or replacement, you can always count on us at Richmond Ford Lincoln. We always make sure to include tire rotations into our routine service and maintenance for our drivers. We'll gladly make sure your tires are wearing evenly. If we see any issues with your tires that would require action, we'll let you know and help you figure out a plan of action so you can ensure the safety of yourself, your passengers, and your vehicle.

Schedule your service appointment today.

At Richmond Ford Lincoln, we're always here to help our friends in the Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville area.


Richmond Ford Lincoln

4600 West Broad Street
Directions Richmond, VA 23230

  • Sales: (804) 474-0531
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  • Parts: (804) 254-9290


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  • Friday 9:00AM - 8:00PM
  • Saturday 9:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Sunday Closed

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