Getting Your Tires Rotated at Turnersville Kia

tire rotationWhen you get car maintenance done, you often think about getting the oil changed, having the fluids flushed and even your tires inflated to their proper point. You may get some other things checked but one thing people forget about more than anything else is getting their tires rotated.

Coming into Turnersville Kia, or any of our other dealerships like Burlington Kia and Allentown Kia, you are going to be getting the best service possible. Our staff know what they are doing and they want to make sure that you get the best service possible because we want to provide the best service possible. Providing the best service means that we provide total service when you come into our dealership. Total service means providing everything including making sure that the tires are rotated.

We all know that tires need to be rotated, but most people do not get it done and most people typically ignore it.

First, let’s address what is tire rotation. Well, it is just as the name suggests. You are taking tires and you are shifting their positions around the vehicle. The tires in the front may go to the back, or switch sides, and vice versa. It is a very simple procedure done on a vehicle that doesn’t take very long, but it can be very important for your vehicle.

When you drive, the weight that is on the front axle and the back axle is very different because of the weight of the engine. This means that there is uneven wear on your vehicle’s tires. Front-wheel drives have the engine in the front, but also the transaxle in the front, and that adds to the overall weight differential. When you brake and steer, further weight shifts are put on the vehicle. This additional stress causes the front tires to wear out a lot faster, so you want to make sure you get tire rotations done.

When you turn, the outside front tire is going to wear out faster, and right turns are going to be tighter than left turns and those are going to cause further wear on the one tire. When you are parking, the tires of the right side of the vehicle are going to be bumped and rubbed against the curb.

When there are mechanical problems with the vehicle, that can also cause uneven wear on the tire. If the alignment is off and that is causing the vehicle to turn, the driver will often have to correct by steering against that tendency to turn the vehicle. This in turn causes even more wear on the vehicle.

So, when you have regular tire rotation, you are helping to prevent increased tire wear from becoming a problem. The more a tire wears, the greater the chance that the tire could go flat, or blow out on the road while you are driving. You don’t want that to happen.

Most car manufacturers recommend that you rotate your tires about every 5,000 miles to 8,000 miles. Generally, the same amount of time that you get the oil changed, you get the tires rotated. At Turnersville Kia, you can get this all done at one place by our expert staff. We will ensure that you get everything you need done, including the important tire rotation.

When you bring in your vehicle for a tire rotation, we are going to typically take the back tires and move them to the front, and front tires are going to move to the back. If the tires are unidirectional tires, then we are going to rotate front to back, on the same side to ensure that the rotation direction is maintained on the tires. If a full-size spare tire is part of the tire rotation, then we will have to use more complex tire rotation patterns. In addition, if there are snow tires, then we will do the same as there is more that goes into the rotation than just moving tires from front to back and back to front.

Interestingly, if the maximum traction is needed, the best tires on the vehicle should actually be kept at the rear of the vehicle. This helps to ensure that the vehicle has greater traction when in difficult conditions.

Another interesting thing is the fact that some vehicle manufacturers actually recommend that you do not rotate the tires at all. These are typically manufacturers like BMW. These tires are designed to have different sizes based on where the tire is located on the vehicle, or they have unidirectional rotation tread, which makes rotation impossible. It should be noted that Kia vehicles do not do this, so tire rotation is very important.

Why should you come to Turnersville Kia then? Well, we are extremely good at what we do. Our staff are experts and they have decades of experience with maintaining vehicles. This doesn’t just apply to doing tire rotations, but to a wide variety of maintenance including total fluid changes and more. When you bring your vehicle into us, you know that you are going to get the best service possible. We are going to make sure that your vehicle is going to leave our dealership running better than it was before. We will ensure that the vehicle you are driving runs great, feels great, and that comes down to tire rotations and much more.

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Tire rotation may seem like something that is not needed, or something that doesn’t need to be done when there are so many other things you can do with your vehicle. The truth is that getting your vehicle’s tires rotated is incredibly important and something that must be done on a regular basis. Doing something like that is going to help ensure that your vehicle is not going to break down, blow out a tire, or have severe problems down the road. Don’t discount getting your tires rotated. When you need it done, the best place to go is Turnersville Kia.

Do I Need Snow Tires? And Other Winter Car Prep Questions Answered!

In the winter, your tires can prevent you from slipping and sliding on snowy, icy roads. Having the right tires will protect you from many of the dangers of winter driving, but only if you properly maintain them and take the necessary steps to make sure you have the right tires for the right time of year. Many Kia owners wonder if they need to invest in snow tires, or if their all-weather tires will be enough to protect them in the winter. Here is everything you need to know about snow tires and how to get your car ready for colder weather:

When Should You Invest in Snow Tires?

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Twenty years ago, it was very difficult to find functional snow tires for your vehicle. If the roads were ever going to be cleared or simply just wet, it was very dangerous to have snow tires on your vehicle during the winter. Without snow on the road, they had terrible handling and would actually make it more difficult to stop on dry or even just wet roads.

Today, snow tires have been developed that are just as safe to drive on dry and wet roads as they are to drive on icy and snowy roads. But if you have all-weather tires, do you really need snow tires? If you are concerned about losing traction on a cold, snowy road, you may want to consider snow tires. Here in the east, we get plenty of heavy, wet snow and even icy storms throughout the winter. Being prepared for those storms by having snow tires can prevent tragedy on the road. If you’ve ever lost traction while driving, especially at a high speed, you know how scary it can be and why snow tires, that have a lower chance of losing their grip, are necessary in the winter.

The savvy driver will take the time and spend the money to get snow tires installed on his vehicle. The best time to do this is before the first serious snow of the year. Here in the east, once the snow starts coming, it usually does not stop until the spring, so you can usually be safe getting snow tires mid-November.

When Should You Retire Your Snow Tires?

The most basic answer to this question is that you should remove your snow tires when the snow has finally melted in the spring. How often you should buy new snow tires, however, is a different matter. You should avoid keeping your snow tires on year round, as the hot weather can wear away the deeper tread much faster than the cold weather will. Take them off in the spring and put the all-weather tires back on.

It is also important to routinely check the tread on your snow tires in order to make sure they are still functioning as they should. Most snow tires start with a tread that is 11/32 of an inch deep. By the time half of that tread is gone, they are probably not functioning as they should be any more. Your tires may not even look that worn at this point, but at 6/32 of an inch, they are doing very little to keep your car on the road.

What Other Preparations Do I Need to Make?

Besides getting snow tires, what other preparations should you make to your car in order to get it read for winter? Here are just a few of the things that we recommend not only for New Jersey Kia vehicles, but for all vehicles, in all parts of the country that get snow during the winter.

First, it is worth your time to check your battery and to make sure it is still charging and discharging properly. Nothing is scarier than getting out to your car after a long day of work, discovering that it won’t start, and you are abandoned in a dark parking lot without anyone to give you a jump. Most dealerships and auto parts stores will test your battery for you, and will help you select a new one if your battery is not performing as it should.

Check your heaters, defrosting system, and windshield wipers. Before the first frost of the year, it is worth your time to make sure that all of these components are working correctly. While you might be able to survive a drive to the office in a cold car, if you do not have a way to clear the snow and ice from your windshield and to keep that windshield clear, it is unlikely you will be able to make it to your destination safely.

Another tip that every car owner should follow is having their brakes checked. Your brakes are going to be extremely important during the cold season, and while your tires will ultimately determine who capable your car is of stopping on an icy road, the last thing you want is jolting or shaking in your braking system, which can worsen any sliding or skidding you are doing.

Last but not least, have your car tuned up before winter really sets in. Right now is the perfect time to do this. Cold weather can quickly worsen any lurking issues, and bad weather makes it difficult to get into the shop if you need a repair. Don’t let cold weather harm your car; take it in now for the tune-up you’ve been putting off.