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Somewhere in the depths of space, several (watermarked) tires "rotate" on a carousel while large red "NO" icons flash above them.

What happens if you don’t rotate your tires?

Effects of Skipping Tire Rotation

Tire rotation isn’t the most inconvenient or expensive service. It’s often coupled with an oil change, and thus is not a big hassle to get done.

Still, you may find yourself wondering, with the hint of a mischievous smile: what if I… didn’t rotate my tires? What would happen?


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The most likely effect of not having your tires rotated is that they will simply wear down faster to the point that you cannot use them anymore. Thus, you’ll be faced with expensive prospect of buying new tires and changing them more often.

Your front and back tires would also likely become unusable at different rates, meaning the times performing tire changes would be staggered instead of being able to change all four in one fell swoop.

Why are tires rotated?

Tires are rotated because the rubber gets worn down in different areas depending on their position on the vehicle. Rotating the tires helps to even the wear across the rubber. As a result, drivers are able to get the maximum possible lifespan from every set of tires.

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What causes different tire wear?

Various factors, including suspension geometry, alignment quirks, and the route you drive on your daily commute all affect which parts of your tires receive the most stress. Furthermore, every vehicle experiences uneven changes in alignment, camber and such things over time; just as the human body ages, so does a vehicle.

Rotating the tires helps compensate for these unbalanced vehicular elements. It’s much cheaper and easier than totally realigning the ride.

How Weight Distribution Affects Tire Wear

Another factor in which parts of tires receive the most wear is weight distribution. If your car is heavier up front, the front tires will wear faster than the rear, and vice versa. If you habitually carry heavy cargo, for example, the back tires will be bearing more of that load and thus be whiled away faster than the front.

Front tires typically receive more wear because every time you apply the brakes, more weight is shifted up front, adding to the pressure on those poor rollers. Drive wheels also tend to wear faster because they shoulder the important burden of accelerating the car. For an all-wheel drive vehicle, the wear brought about by the acceleration element differs depending on how much power is sent to each axle.

A silver 2019 Nissan Leaf charges up in a garage.

How many moving parts does an electric car have?

One of the selling points of electric vehicles is simplicity. With fewer moving parts and “ingredients,” there’s less that can go wrong, and correspondingly less maintenance that should be required. But how many fewer moving parts are there? How many moving parts does an electric vehicle have?

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Moving Engine Parts in Electric Vehicles

If one is only focusing on the drivetrain of the vehicle, an electric car has only one moving part: the motor. A gasoline-powered ride, on the other hand, has hundreds of moving parts. The electric motor itself has just one moving part: the shaft. Other electronic powertrain elements, such as the controller and charger, have no moving parts.

Some 4-wheel drive electric vehicles do use a two-motor design, wherein one motor is responsible in each pair of wheels. So in this case, the total moving engine parts would be two.


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Total Moving Parts in an Electric Vehicle

However, if we want to get into detail about moving parts, we can go beyond the engine to elements like the reducer gearbox, differentials, bearings, spacers, braking system and wheels. Electric vehicles also require liquid cooling systems, which include pumps, valves, and so forth. If we take all these moving parts into account, the worst-case scenario ballpark estimated totals would be:

  • 80 – 90 moving parts in a single motor (2WD) electric vehicle
  • 90 – 100 moving parts in a double motor (4WD) electric vehicle

This is in contrast, however, to the several hundreds of moving parts found on ICE vehicles. And high-performance motors can have over 1,000. So electric cars still come out well ahead in terms of mechanical simplicity.

What is the benefit of fewer moving parts in a vehicle?

Having fewer moving parts in a vehicle means that there is less that can go wrong with it, resulting in greater reliability and fewer maintenance appointments. Gas-powered vehicles are loaded with gizmos whirring, spinning and pumping, which means that there are a lot of factors that can go wrong. This results in an endless carousel of oil changes, filter replacements, periodic tune-ups and exhaust system repairs. And on top of that, you have to get the occasional water pump, fuel pump, and alternator maintenance.

5 Useful, Fun and Inexpensive Accessories You Need For Your Car

Tired of having your belongings slip between your car’s seats? Unsure what to do if you get a flat tire? Even your dream car can drive you crazy with these little annoyances. Here is a list of tools and accessories to keep in your car at all times to make those little inconveniences disappear for good.

 

  1. Drop Stop

Drop Stop is an Automotive Car Seat Gap Filler that you place and mold around your seat belt holder preventing even the smallest things from falling in between your car’s seats. Your cell phone, wallet and even loose change are safe with these pads around.

 

  1. Fix A Flat

This is most definitely not a permanent solution to a flat tire but having a can of Fix A Flat in your car can get you out of a sticky situation if you blow a tire. It will seal the popped tire in minutes and allow you to get to one of our service departments safely so your car can be properly looked at and repaired.

 

  1. Rain-X

Whether your dealing with rain, frost, ice or even bugs Rain-X has you covered. This spray on solution prevents all types of harsh weather from impeding your vision through your windshield. It makes driving in extreme conditions easier and much more safe.

 

  1. Glove Box Organizer

Its very important to have the right documents and contact information in your glove box in case anything were to happen. With a Glove Box Organizer you are sure to have your registration, insurance info, salesperson business card and more at your fingertips in minutes.

 

  1. Steering Wheel Desk

Does your car ever become a place where you end up working or needing to eat a meal? If so you might want to consider purchasing a Steering Wheel Desk. This one of a kind desk attaches to your steering wheel so, while you’re pulled over, you have a portable work space or personal table. Once your done simply slid it under your seat and your ready to go.

 

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5 Steps To Getting Your Car Ready For Spring

It’s that time of year! Break out the dust pans and broomsticks because spring is in the air and spring cleaning is on the agenda. While you’re preparing for the sunnier season don’t forget to prepare your car for the new weather as well. Here are some tips on how to get your car all ready for spring!

 

Wash Your Car and Get It Detailed

Spring is the ideal time to give your car a thorough cleaning both inside and out. Getting your ride washed, waxed, buffed and polished can really give your car a face lift after dealing with snow, ice, salt and more during those harsh winter months. Don’t just settle for your car looking better, make sure it feels better too. Bring your car back to showroom condition by having the interior vacuumed, shampooed and having the leather and plastic surfaces treated. A detail also gets all of the dirt and crumbs out of those hard to reach places.

 

Touch Up Paint and Small Dents

For minor dings and chips purchase some automotive touch up paint and carefully fill in all the scuffs and scratches. It won’t be a professional job but it will prevent rust from attaching itself to your sheet metal.

If you have some more substantial damage to your vehicle make a visit to your service department or local body shop. Different repairs have different prices but to keep your car in fair cosmetic condition it is worth an occasional visit to a professional. Having a car in good condition makes it easier to sell down the line and if your interested in an upgrade bring it to your dealer service center;  they can give you a trade in quote before you pay to have any work done!

 

Check Your Oil & Tire Pressure

These are routine procedure that every driver should keep up with but when life gets busy they are the last things on your mind. Be sure that you are checking your oil frequently and getting it changed according to your manufacturer standards. Getting your oil changed when needed is a easy and effective way to keeping your car in top performing condition while letting your oil get too low can cause detrimental damage to your vehicle.

Be cautious of wear on your tires after the winter months. The start of spring is the ideal time to make sure your tires are properly inflated, your spare tire included. It is also a fantastic time to have your tires rotated and balanced to make sure you are getting the maximum life span from each tire.

 

Invest in New Floor Mats

Winter is a very harsh time for your floor mats, especially if they are made of typical carpet. Spring is a great time to evaluate your floor mats and see if they need replaced. Some drivers even upgrade their floor mats from carpet to rubber or synthetic materials. These are easier to clean and don’t allow dirt, mud, water and more to get to your cars carpeting.

 

Clean Out Your Glove Compartment 

First off, when cleaning out your glove compartment make sure that all important documents are where they need to be. Know where your insurance information is as well as your vehicle’s registration and owners manual. Clean out all of the unnecessary papers and receipts that accumulate in your glove compartment over time time make sure these documents are easily accessible.

The glove compartment is also a great place to keep contact information from your local dealership and mechanic as well as any service coupons you acquire. It would also be a good idea to keep a tire gauge and pair of work gloves in there in case you need them while on the road.

 

If you follow these five steps you and your ride are ready for spring! Enjoy the sunshine and drive safe.

 

Why You Shouldn’t Drive While Low On Gas

 

Everyone knows keeping gas in your tank is an imperative part of getting you and your vehicle from point A to point B. However did you know letting your gas level get too low can actual cause detrimental damage to your car? Here are some parts of your vehicle that can be negatively affected by letting that little gas light shine:

 

Engine Problems

Your fuel tank holds your vehicle’s gasoline (or diesel) and uses fuel lines to pump it to your engine. When you have a low amount of gas in your tank sediment begins to sit and gets fed to your engine when there is nothing left to give it. This could cause severe engine malfunction and could also clog your fuel lines both of which are costly repairs.

 

Fuel Pump

The less gas in your tank the harder the fuel pump has to work to keep your car going.Your fuel pump has to work longer and harder if your tank doesn’t have much gas. This is unnecessarily over working a much needed system. Your fuel also keeps this pump lubricated and having little fuel can cause it to stall. If your pump begins to fail it will need to get repaired or replaced which is often very costly. These problems can be easily avoided by keeping your tank satisfyingly full of fuel.

 

Fuel Filter

The fuel filters primary job is to filter air before it gets to the engine. Any seidments that get sent from the fuel tank to the engine will go through this filter. If the filter is clogged, damaged or overused it can fail completely causing even more dirt and excess sediments to get into your engine and fuel lines. Some cars have replaceable fuel filters but others don’t. Therefore it’s even more important to cater to the fuel filter because it can be a major and costly repair depending on the type of car you drive.

 

Experts recommend not letting your tank get below the ¼  marker in order to prevent any of these catastrophes. Next time you think you have x more miles to go before running out of gas think of the costly repairs we talked about above; It might be worth pulling over at the next station.

 

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