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Tire Rotation

Tire rotation is important to help make sure that your tires are in good condition and functioning properly, they should to be checked and rotated regularly — typically every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Since many manufacturers have different recommendations for tire rotation, consult your owner’s manual or instructions specific to your vehicle. It’s also important to know that tires can wear differently depending on their location on your car. For example, your front tires work with the steering wheel to turn your car. All of the turning and extra friction may result in sections of your tires wearing out at different rates. Routinely rotating your tires may help them wear more evenly.

In addition, tires can get out of balance, since oftentimes a tire may not be perfectly round or its weight may not be distributed evenly. The result can be uneven wear patterns that could affect the performance of your vehicle. By rotating your tires from front to rear or left to right, the wear pattern may even out, helping to extend the life of your tires.

How To Properly Rotate Your Tires

The correct way to rotate your tires depends on the type of vehicle, says Pep Boys. Here’s a basic guide with an explanation below:

How to Rotate Directional/Asymmetrical Tires

Directional/asymmetrical tires have both the v-shaped tread pattern to help discharge water and the asymmetrical outer tread of dry weather tires, according to Pep Boys. They are designed to rotate in one direction, front to rear.

How to Rotate Non-Directional Tires

Non-directional tires are not to be used only on one side of the vehicle, like directional tires are. These tires are designed to rotate in either direction (front to back, side to side) often utilizing the forward-cross pattern.

When to Use the Rearward-Cross Pattern

This pattern features rotating tires from rear to front, then from left front to right rear and right front to left rear. Typically, this pattern is utilized by vehicles with rear wheel drive, four wheel drive and all wheel drive and requires non-directional tires.

When to Use the Forward-Cross Pattern

The front tires are rotated to the rear, then left rear to right front and right rear to left front. Typically, this pattern is utilized by vehicles with front wheel drive.

When to Use the Front-to-Rear Pattern

The most common rotation configuration for today’s vehicles, this pattern is used for directional tires which are rotated front to rear on both sides.

When to Use the Side-to-Side Pattern

This pattern is typically used when the front and rear tires are different sizes and are non-directional. Both the front and rear tires are rotated to the opposite side.

While you can rotate your own tires if you have the proper tools, this is one job that you may want to consider leaving to a professional. Not only is it typically safer, but many auto shops will offer the service for free or at a discounted rate as part of routine maintenance tasks like oil changes. Then, with your routine tire rotation checked off your list, you can hit the road with the knowledge that your car’s tires are in proper position.

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After The Hurricane, Auto Windshield Replacement May Be Necessary But Watch Out For the Scam Artists

Buyer Beware: If someone comes knocking at your door offering an auto windshield  replacement or roof repair, be sure to check with your insurance company first.

Reprint from the Miami Herald – September 7, 2017

“Beware of the repair people who come to your door offering to repair your roof or replace your windshield. Don’t ever pay for repairs upfront and don’t sign an AOB (Assignment of Benefits) form to get repair work started.

These are some of the tips from consumer protection advocates, who are warning that insurance and repair scam artists will likely be out in force in the aftermath of Irma.

Damage from Hurricane Irma could create new opportunities for unscrupulous home repair vendors and trial attorneys seeking to profit off the disaster by asking homeowners to sign an AOB to start repair work. In doing so, the homeowners lose control of their insurance policy — which can result in vendors inflating the cost of claims and file lawsuits against insurance companies that dispute the amount. A sharp rise in AOB cases has been blamed for recent hikes in homeowner insurance rates.

‘Unfortunately, hurricanes often attract scam artists seeking to profit off people in times of crisis,’’ said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, which spearheads the Consumer Protection Coalition. ‘Consumers who sustain damage during the storm should call their insurance company first before signing over the rights of their insurance policy to someone else.’

Consumers do not need to sign an AOB to initiate storm-related repairs and should be cautious of vendors who pressure them or refuse to do the work unless they sign one.

Automobile owners should be on high alert for auto glass harvesters going door-to-door offering vehicle owners new windshields — even ones without damage — before an insurer has the ability to inspect it.”

Call Your Insurance Company

When in doubt about the process of a hurricane repair, call your insurance company. If you need an auto windshield replacement, LP Auto Glass Orlando is here to help you and will handle your insurance claim.

Reprint from the Miami Herald – September 7, 2017