How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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Usually, it’s best to rotate tires every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Of course, this doesn’t apply to all makes and models; you’ll need to check your owner’s manual or speak with a certified technician for an exact mileage. Perkins Motors’s service center gets a lot of questions from drivers in and around Pueblo wondering when to rotate tires, so we put together this handy guide! Read on to learn more about tire rotation intervals for your new or used vehicle!

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

Does your car have front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive? That simply means the power from engine is delivered to the front or rear wheels, respectively. So, the tires receiving the engine power, be it the front or rear, will wear more quickly. If you own a FWD or RWD vehicle, keep the following tips in mind:

  • If your car has FWD, you’ll need to flip sides when you rotate the rear tires. The rear right tire should be moved to the front left, and the rear left should be moved to the front right. When you move the front tires back, however, you’ll want to keep them on the same side.
  • Compared to FWD, the tire rotation pattern for a RWD car is inverted. Instead, you’ll change sides when you move the front tires to the back, and keep the rear tires on the same side when moving them to the front.
  • Your driving habits will determine whether you need to rotate your tires sooner or later than what’s recommended. Again, consult your owner’s manual or contact our service center!

Rotating Tires on an AWD Vehicle

All-wheel drive doesn’t wear just the front or rear tires; it causes each tire to wear differently — some quicker than the others. How many miles should you wait to rotate tires on an AWD car? Around 3,000 to 5,000 miles is best. If you’re a frequent off-roader, though, your tires may need rotated closer to the 3,000-mile mark. Usually, tires on an AWD car need a rotation when the tread depths variance is greater than 2/32 of an inch. If your vehicle is due, schedule a tire rotation at Perkins Motors near Canon City!

What Are the Benefits of Tire Rotation?

There’s no good reason to skip tire rotations. You pay a decent price for your tires — and you want them to last. This is what tire rotation does; it extends the life of your tires, as well as:

  • Gives your car more traction in precarious conditions
  • Lessens road noise
  • Helps the drivetrain perform optimally

Making tire rotations part of your regular Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram service schedule will help prepare you for the unexpected and save you money in tire replacement costs.

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Have more questions about tire care? Contact our team online today! Our certified technicians are always standing by to help answer your questions, such as “what happens if you don’t get an oil change?”

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