How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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Knowing when to rotate tires is a great way to make sure that they are staying healthy and to prevent blowouts. Generally speaking, the experts say the answer to how many miles to wait to rotate tires falls between 5,000 and 7,500 miles. This is not a hard and fast rule, and the exact figure is based on your driving habits, the model of your vehicle, and if you are FWD or AWD. Still curious about when to rotate tires? This simple guide from our experts in the service department will make sure you’re staying safe on the road around Simi Valley.

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

The designation of front- and rear-wheel drive simply means where power from the engine is being sent. For front-wheel drive, it’s sent to the front tires, while rear-wheel drive is the opposite. This means that those tires are going to take the bulk of the engine power and will wear out faster, meaning how many miles to rotate your tires relies on which tires wear out fastest.

  • 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.
  • Keep in mind how you drive, like off-roading, will affect how often you need to rotate your tires. Talk with our service experts to get a better idea of a maintenance schedule that fits your driving habits.
  • If you’re performing a FWD tire rotation at home near Thousand Oaks, 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.

AWD Tire Rotation Tips

Are you curious how many miles to go before you rotate tires on an AWD model? These vehicles work slightly differently, since each tire wears differently, and at different speeds, based on road conditions. Most service experts agree that the standard rotation should occur every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Your owner’s manual will contain the exact numbers for your specific model. Don’t hesitate to schedule service before hitting the road again near San Fernando Valley if you can’t remember the last time you had a tire rotation.

Why Rotate Your Tires?

Now that you know how often you need to rotate your tires, you may be wondering why is it such an important step? Tire rotations can extend the life of your tires considerably, by preventing excessive wear. They also give you the following benefits:

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

Get Your Service Advice from Dependable Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Tire rotations should always be part of your routine maintenance to make sure that your vehicle continues to run smoothly. Contact us with any questions you might have about when to rotate tires, or other questions about your routine service plans. We also have other DIY tips, such as how to unlock a steering wheel or how to check car oil!

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