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Why Rotating Your Tires Is Important

New tires and Tire Rotation St Charles and Geneva

Ask any St. Charles driver when was the last time they rotated their tires and you’re bound to receive a range of answers, from a few months ago to never. While rotating tires was once part and parcel to preventive auto maintenance, the times have changed and this seemingly simple service has largely fallen by the wayside. One reason is the advances in tire technology that have pushed durability to impressive levels. With these new tires, drivers feel that rotation is no longer necessary. However, tire rotation in St. Charles is still very relevant – here’s why.

What Tire Rotation Does

The first and most important question about tire rotation is what does the service do and how does it help. As the name implies, a tire rotation service moves your vehicle’s four tires to new positions. The reason why it’s done is to prevent uneven wear. There are a lot of factors that can influence wear, such as misalignment, parking next to curbs, and even personal driving style. The rotation of tires to new positions by a trained professional will translate to more even wear and a longer overall life before they need to be replaced.

The Other Benefits Of Tire Rotation

Tire life is obviously the biggest benefit of tire rotation, but there’s more going on than just extending how long your tires will last. After a rotation, one of the first things you’ll notice is the difference in how your car drives. If your car was shaky or had excess vibration before, a tire rotation could completely eliminate the problem. Add in an alignment service and your car should ride like new.

The other side of the coin is that tire rotation also helps you save money. Because uneven tires mean that your engine has to work harder to travel the same distance, a tire rotation should improve your fuel mileage, thus extending how far you can go on a full tank. It may seem like a difference of pennies, but these pennies add up and keeping your tires rotated regularly will save a considerable amount over the life of our vehicle.

How Often To Rotate Your Tires

The optimal frequency of rotating your tires depends on what type of vehicle you drive, whether it’s front or rear wheel drive, and the specific model of the tires. The generally accepted rule of thumb is once every 5,000-8,000 miles, but it’s a good idea to read the owner’s manual and tire paperwork to make sure. If in doubt, contact us at Rx Auto Service and we’ll help you decipher the right time to have your tires rotated.

Tire rotation may have fallen out of favor since the introduction of tire technology innovations that stretch the life of tires, but this service still provides plenty of benefits and proper tire rotation will ensure that you’re able to hit those impressive milestones. For professional tire rotation in St. Charles, give Rx Auto Service a call to schedule a convenient time to bring your vehicle in.

St Charles Car and Truck tire sales and installation.

“Where the rubber meets the road.”

This common phrase for the past 60 years is so popular because it has so many shades of meaning. Where something is put to the test, where two different things connect, when an idea gains traction, and so-on and so-forth. The general implication is that it is a time or occurrence of importance.

This is never truer than when talking about the literal rubber of your car’s tires meeting the literal roads in St Charles. Those small 4 points of contact are the most important part of any car or truck. Tires can affect your car or trucks performance in a wide variety of areas; steering, acceleration, braking, handling, ride smoothness, and even gas mileage. Read more…

Common Toyota Problems and Repairs

The Most Common Toyota Repairs and Problems

All vehicles no matter what make or model, or how old they are, are at risk for various problems and repairs. The truth is, if you are going to drive your own car, auto repairs are just part of the process. However, there are some problems that are more prevalent among certain makes and models of cars, and Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs are no different. Before I get started, let me state that Toyota has an excellent reliability record, and this article is no way meant to diminish that record. The goal of this article is to simply to list a few things that Toyota owners might want to keep an eye out for. Read more…

Tire Repair Shop in St Charles IL

Most Moms are always on the go. That’s why getting a flat tire can really throw a wrench into their day. Whether it is picking up the kids at school or getting home from work, you need your car to perform at its best – each and every day. But don’t despair! Here are some things to do if you think you’ve got a flat tire:

 

Get out of the car and feel the tire. See if you can find the leak. Sometimes you can notice a puncture, where you have run over a nail or something else that would puncture your tire. Feel your tire compared to the other tires, does it feel about the same?

 

Try listening for the flat too. Now this wont work if you have a small puncture. But if you’ve really got a flat, sometimes you can hear a “hissing” sound coming from the tire. Stay close to the tire in question and listen to it for a few minutes. See if you notice anything. Read more…

All new passenger vehicles on our Saint Charles IL roads now have tire pressure monitoring systemsTPMS for short. They are designed to alert you if your tires are under inflated. Since they are fairly new, a lot of people have questions about TPMS.

First off, the most important thing is that you still need to check your tire pressure every week – or at least every time you gas up. The TPMS system alert comes in when your tire is twenty percent below the factory recommendation. So if the recommended pressure is thirty five pounds per square inch, the TPMS warning won’t come on until the pressure is at twenty eight pounds. That’s significantly under-inflated. Enough to raise safety concerns.

The worst is tire failure. A severely under inflated tire can overheat and fail. Also, handling degrades to the point that you may not be able to steer out of trouble. Also under-inflated tires wear out faster and they waste fuel. So it’s costly to not stay on top of proper inflation.

What’s the practical value of the TPMS system? Well, it’s twofold. First, it can alert you when your tire is losing pressure due to a puncture or a bent rim. That’s an important warning that you might not have gotten until next time you gassed up.

The second is that we all occasionally forget to check our tire pressure. So it’s a failsafe system to let you know there’s a problem brewing.

Other things can cause your TPMS system to go off. The system also monitors itself. The sensors that are mounted in the wheels have little batteries that send a signal to the monitor. The batteries go dead over time and the TPMS system will let you know. And the sensors could break. Also road salt from our Saint Charles IL roads can ruin them.

There’s also a hassle factor that your Saint Charles IL tire center has to contend with. For example, when you have your tires rotated in Saint Charles, the TPMS system has to be re-calibrated so that it knows which tire is on which corner of the car. Same is true for when you have new tires or winter tires installed. Flat repairs, as well.

That takes extra time. And it requires the right equipment and training. Special – and expensive – tire change machines need to be used with some sensors. It’s all complicated by the fact that there are a number of different TPMS systems in use so the tire professionals at Rx Automotive need equipment and training for each kind. Tire centers have had to raise the price of some of these basic services to offset their increased costs.

Also if you add custom wheels on your sedan, you need to put in new TPMS sensors if your originals won’t work on the new rims. If you don’t your TPMS light will be on constantly and you won’t have the benefit of the warning system.

All in all, the mandated TPMS systems will save lives, so they’re worth the added hassle and expense.