Tire Education: When is it Time to Rotate or Replace?


Today’s automobiles integrate hundreds of mechanical and computerized components, many of them extremely complex in design and function. And yet our Alberta GMC dealers serving Calgary, AB marvel at the fact that one of the most essential car parts – the tires – are mostly unchanged since the first car rolled off the assembly line.

Sure, tire construction has become more advanced, and nowadays there’s a tire for every surface and weather condition. But tire maintenance hasn’t changed much since the early 20th century, which is why the following tips could be considered timeless: 

Whether you own a Chevy Malibu or a GMC Terrain near Okotoks, AB, the “tire rotation rule of thumb” is the same: every 6,000 - 8,000 miles you should visit our local GMC dealership to have your tires rotated. By moving the front tires to the back and vice-versa, you’re helping to not only prolong your tires’ lifespan, but also balance out the wear and tear that each one accrues. What you don’t want is for one or more tires to develop an irregular wear pattern that compromises your car’s fuel efficiency, performance, and safety.

As for when you should replace your tires, the accepted range is 40,000 - 45,000 miles. Several factors can influence the exact number, however: how often you drive, the type of road you typically drive on, what kind of car you have, your driving style, etc. If your vehicle is within this mileage range, visit Okotoks Chevrolet Buick GMC and we’ll inspect your tires. 

Of course, at any time you can give your tires the “penny test”: take a penny and insert it between two of the most-worn tire treads. If Queen Elizabeth’s head is still covered, your tires are ok. If you can see her entire head, it’s time for new tires! 

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