How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Mechanic removing tire from raised vehicleThe general rule of thumb is that tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, but it’s always a good idea to check your owner’s manual to ensure the correct interval for your specific vehicle. Whether you plan to rotate your tires yourself, or have your Waterloo-area service center take care of it, this is what you should know.

Why Rotate Tires?

You might be wondering if a tire rotation is even necessary. The answer is yes, because it extends the life of your tires. Tire rotations also:

  • Help create less noise on the Columbia roads
  • Improve traction when driving on slippery terrain
  • Reduce unnecessary stress on the engine

When to Rotate Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

Front-wheel drive vehicles send power to the front tires, causing more wear on eh back tires, and rear-wheel drive vehicles send power to the back wheels, causing faster wear on the front tires.

  • Both FWD and RWD vehicle should have their tires rotated the general 5,000 to 7,500 miles.
  • If you plan to rotate your FWD-vehicle tires yourself in Mascoutah, make sure to switch sides when you move the tires from the back to the front. The back right tire moves to the front left side. The front tires move back on the same side, so the front right tire moves to the back right side.
  • You do the opposite movements for RWD tire rotation. The front wheels move back and switch sides, so the front left tire goes on the back right side. The back tires move directly forward, so the back left tire goes on the front left side.

How Many Miles to Rotate Tires on AWD Vehicles?

The tires on all-wheel drive vehicles all wear differently, so these vehicles require tire rotations more often, typically between 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Tire rotations are generally needed when the tread variance is more than 2/32 of an inch, so if you can’t remember the last time your tires were rotated, you can schedule an appointment in Belleville.

Get All the Tire Assistance You Need from Auffenberg Ford South

To ensure you’re prepared to drive on any type of road conditions and to get the most out of your tires, include regular tire rotations in your routine maintenance plan. To learn more about tire care or to schedule a tire rotation, contact us online.

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