How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

August 18th, 2021 by
Chevy Mechanic Working on Tires

Knowing when to rotate your tires and bring it into Don Hattan Dealerships is important for making sure that your tires remain healthy and function. Generally, tire rotations should occur every 5,000 to 7,500 miles based on a number of factors. Though this is a good rule of thumb, the exact figures on your model can always be found in your owner’s manual. So how often should you rotate your tires? Well, find out more about the situations that can influence your tire’s health with Don Hattan Dealerships, and then bring your vehicle into our service center near Derby to let us make sure you’re getting quality maintenance every time.

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

How many miles you should wait to rotate your tires starts with knowing whether you’re driving front-wheel, rear-wheel, or all-wheel drive. The designation of front and rear-wheel drive simply means where the power from the engine is being sent to. Front-wheel drive is sent to the front tires, and the opposite is true for rear-wheel drives. But this also means that these tires take the bulk of the engine and wear down at a much quicker rate than the others. When it comes to tire rotations, keep these tips in mind: 

  • For FWD or RWD cars, tire rotation needs to be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual for exact figures.
  • If you’re performing a FWD tire rotation yourself, keep in mind to flip sides when moving the rear tires. For example, the rear right tire will go on the front left. However, when moving the front tires to the back, keep them on the same side.
  • When rotating tires on an RWD car, invert the process above. Flip sides when moving the front tires to the back, but keep the rear tires on the same side when moving them forward.
  • Keep in mind how you drive, like off-roading, will affect how often you need to rotate your tires. Our service team can give you a better idea of a maintenance schedule that fits your driving habits.

AWD Tire Rotation Tips

When it comes to all-wheel drive, it can have an effect on how many miles you should rotate your tires, as well as having a different rotation style. Since power from your engine is sent to every wheel when you have your AWD mode enabled while driving near El Dorado, your tires are going to wear differently. Most AWD tires need to be rotated every 3,000 to 5,000 miles if you’re regularly using your AWD mode. If you decide to do a tire rotation at home, then knowing not only when to rotate your tires, but how to can be important, so keep this in mind: 

  1. The left rear goes to the right front spot.
  2. The right rear goes to the left front spot.
  3. The right front goes to the left rear spot.
  4. The left front goes to the right rear spot.

To make this process easier, we recommend drawing a simple diagram of your drivetrain and using color-coded arrows to help you move your tires properly. 

Why Should You Rotate Tires?

Now that you know when to rotate tires, you may be wondering why rotate them at all. Well keeping up with regular tire rotation is one of the most vital pieces of routine maintenance. Common knowledge will tell you tire rotation extends the life of your tires. Beyond that, regular tire rotation gives your vehicle additional benefits:

  • Improved traction on slippery roads
  • Less noise on the road
  • Relieves unnecessary stress on the drivetrain

To be better prepared for hazardous weather around Newton, keep tire rotations as part of your maintenance plan. It becomes easier to remember how many miles you have left til you should rotate your tires again that way as well. 

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