How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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How often should you rotate your tires? For most vehicles, a tire rotation is recommended every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. While this general rule is a good starting point, it is best to consult your owner’s manual to see if there are different recommendations from the automaker. If you are still not sure when to rotate tires, the guide below from Kelley Automotive Group can help.


Tire Rotations for FWD and RWD Vehicles

A vehicle is designated as front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive. This simply is letting you know where a majority of the engine power is being sent. If you have a front-wheel drive car, the front tires receive most of the power from the engine. The opposite is true for a RWD vehicle. The tires that receive the bulk of the engine power wear down more rapidly than the others. Should you drive a FWD or RWD vehicle, keep these tire rotation tips in mind:

  • If you have a FWD or RWD car, the general rule for rotating your tires every 5,000 to 7,500 miles should be accurate. However, you can find exact recommendations in your owner’s manual.
  • If you plan to rotate the tires on a FWD vehicle, remember to flip sides when moving the rear tires. For example, the rear right tire will go on the front left. Keep the tires on the same side when moving the frog tires to the back.
  • The reverse is true for rotating tires on a RWD vehicle. Flip sides when moving the front tires to the back, but when you move the rear tires forward, they should remain on the same side.
  • How often should you rotate tires if you do a lot of off-roading? Your driving habits could affect how often your vehicle will require a tire rotation. If this is the case, you can speak to one of our service experts, and we can create a maintenance plan that is perfectly tailored to your vehicle and your driving needs.

Tire Rotations for AWD Vehicles

Curious how many miles to rotate tires on an AWD model? Because each tire wears differently at a different pace, the recommendations vary a bit. Usually, it is best to perform a tire rotation on an AWD vehicle every 3,000-5,000 miles. Once again, check to see if there are different recommendations from the automaker in your owner’s manual.

Why Rotate Tires?

Now that you know when to rotate tires, you may also be wondering why this is a necessary automotive maintenance task. In addition to helping your tires last as long as possible, other benefits of a tire rotation include the following:

  • Improved traction on slippery roads
  • Less noise on the road
  • Less unnecessary stress on the drivetrain
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If you want to make sure your tires last as long as possible and are ready for inclement weather in Winter Haven or Auburndale, keeping up with tire rotations is a must.

Expert Tire Care at Kelley Automotive Group

If you have any additional questions about tire care and maintenance, the team at Kelley Automotive Group would be more than happy to assist you. Contact us today for more information.


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