How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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You might know when to schedule your oil change and your battery replacement, but how often should you rotate your tires if you want them to really last? Different cars have different needs on Mansfield roads, but in general, tire rotations should come every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. If you want a more specific figure, we recommend checking your owner’s manual and chatting with our technicians at the service center. We can help you determine the best interval for your driving habits. Read on to learn more about how many miles to rotate your tires and why it’s so important.

Why Should I Rotate My Tires at All?

Learning how many miles to rotate your tires is crucial to maintaining the best performance out of your set. That’s because your tires do not wear at an even rate on the Ashland roads. Your front wheels often get the bulk of the driving stress, which means you can wear down the tread of your front tires before your rear tires are ready to be replaced. Additionally, tire rotations offer lasting benefits like:

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

Tire Rotations for FWD and RWD Vehicles

Two-wheel drive models, like front-wheel and rear-wheel drive cars, indicate that the engine power is sent to one set of wheels and not the other. A front-wheel drive vehicle gets engine power sent to the front wheels alone, while the opposite is true for a rear-wheel drive model.

Keep these tire rotation tips in mind for a FWD or RWD vehicle:

  • Tire rotation should be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles – or whenever your owner’s manual indicates.
  • When doing a DIY FWD tire rotation, follow this rotation pattern: Move the rear right tire to the front left. Move the rear left tire to the front right. Move the front right tire to the rear right. Move the front left tire to the rear left.
  • When doing a DIY RWD tire rotation, invert the process above. The rear tires stay on the same side when moving forward, while the front tires are flipped when moved to the rear axles.
  • More taxing driving conditions, like towing and off-roading, create more stress on your tires. That means you’ll probably need to schedule your tire rotation a little earlier, but our technicians would be happy to assess your needs.

Tire Rotations for AWD Vehicles

All-wheel drive vehicles differ from two-wheel drive models because all wheels can receive engine power. This can cause uneven wear patterns faster, which means you’ll want to schedule your tire rotation every 3,000 – 5,000 miles if you use AWD regularly in Galion. If you want to do a DIY AWD tire rotation, you’ll need to follow a very specific tire rotation pattern. We recommend creating a simple color-coded diagram with the following information:

  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.

Get Quality Car Service at Spitzer Motors of Mansfield CDJR

Want to know when to rotate tires for your particular make and model? Contact us at Spitzer Motors of Mansfield CDJR to see when you should schedule your next service in Ontario. Our team can help you determine the best schedule for your driving needs and vehicle type, so get in touch with us today.


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