How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

As a general rule, drivers should rotate their tires every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Although this guideline works for most vehicles, it is still a good idea to consult your owner’s manual for recommendations from the manufacturer. Still wondering about when to rotate tires? Take a look at this guide from SJ Denham Chrysler Jeep FIAT, your Anderson-area trusted service center.

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

Is your vehicle designated as front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive? What does this mean? This distinction lets you know where the power from the engine is sent. If you have a front-wheel drive car, power is sent to the front tires. For a rear-wheel drive car, that power goes to the rear tires. Because of this, your vehicle’s set of tires that get the bulk of the engine power will wear faster than the others. If you drive a FWD or RWD car, here are a few things you should know:

  • If you’re performing a FWD tire rotation on your own, remember 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 a 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.
  • Your driving habits could affect how often you need to rotate your tires. You may need to perform this service more often if you do a lot of off-roading or drive in harsh conditions.
  • For FWD or RWD cars, you should get your tires rotated between 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Your owner’s manual should have more exact figures, so it is a good idea to check out the manufacturer recommendations.

AWD Tire Rotation Tips

Wondering about how many miles to rotate tires on an AWD model? This service will need to be performed more frequently because each tire wears differently, and at different speeds. According to most experts, it is a good idea to rotate the tires on an AWD vehicle after every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Remember to always check your owner’s manual for exact numbers for your specific vehicle.

If you are unable to recall the last time you performed a tire rotation, you can always schedule service at SJ Denham Chrysler Jeep FIAT. We’ll take a look at your tires to see if they’re due for a rotation. Tires usually require a rotation once the tread variance exceeds 2/32 of an inch.

Why Rotate Tires?

In addition to extending the life of your tires, regular tire rotation provides additional benefits:

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

If you want to be ready for any hazardous weather around Red Bluff, keep tire rotations as part of your maintenance plan. Even if you properly maintain your tires, they will eventually need to be replaced. If your vehicle is in need of a new set of tires, our tire center can help you out!

Find Tire Advice From the Pros at SJ Denham Chrysler Jeep FIAT

If you would like to know more about proper tire care, or even about comprehensive insurance, do not hesitate to contact us. Our certified technicians are always standing by to help answer your questions and solve your problems.

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