How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Rotating tires


How often should you rotate your tires under normal driving conditions? Typically, you should have your tires rotated once every 5,000 to 6,000 miles. While this is a good rule of thumb, it’s impossible to predict how many miles to rotate tires exactly. So, you’ll need to pay attention to the condition of your tires, and you can check your owner’s manual for more information on when to rotate tires. Read on with our expert service team to learn more about how many miles to rotate tires, how drivetrain impacts tire rotations, and more!

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

The term front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive simply refers to where the power from the engine is sent. On a front-wheel drive model, the power is sent to the front tires, while the opposite is true for rear-wheel drive cars. Whichever set of tires is responsible for forward momentum is the same that wears out the fastest. Keep the following in mind for front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive tire rotations:

  • When to rotate tires depends largely on drivetrain. For front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive, rotate your tires every 5,000 to 7,500 miles.
  • If you’re taking on a front-wheel drive tire rotation in your own Crete garage, be sure to flip sides when moving the rear tires. The rear right tire moves the front left spot, while the rear left tire rotates to the front right spot. Keep the tires on the same side when moving from front to back.
  • Follow the opposite pattern if you’re handling a rear-wheel drive tire rotation in your Omaha driveway. Flip tire sides when moving front to back, keep them on the same side when moving back to front. 
  • Consider how you drive. Knowing how many miles to rotate tires can be largely impacted by your habits behind the wheel. If you often go off-roading or travel through rough terrain, you may need to visit us for tire rotations on a more regular basis.

AWD Tire Rotation Tips

How often should you rotate your tires if you have all-wheel drive? Most all-wheel drive vehicles need a tire rotation every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. This is because engine power is directed more evenly to both axles. However, in addition to more frequent tire rotations, you’ll also need to follow a very specific rotation pattern for your all-wheel drive car:

  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.

While you can take on this task in your Seward garage, many drivers prefer to let our expert team do the dirty work. Feel free to schedule service with us in Lincoln if you need tire care!

Why Rotate Tires?

Now that you understand when to rotate tires, you might be curious why you should even bother rotating them in the first place. Common knowledge states that tire rotations will extend the life of your tires, but there are other benefits too:

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

Get Your Tire Care at Sid Dillon Hyundai

When you need a service center you can depend on, Sid Dillon Hyundai is here for you. Our expert team can quickly diagnose any issue with your vehicle and offer affordable solutions. If you have any lingering questions about tire care or any of the other services we provide, contact us at your convenience!

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