How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Asking yourself how often you should rotate your tires? You are definitely not alone! Most Charlotte drivers understand the importance of tire rotation, but not everyone knows just when to rotate tires. 5,000–7,500 miles is a good standard when determining how many miles to rotate tires, but you should confirm this figure with your owner’s manual as your specific make and model may have a different recommendation. Learn how to know when to rotate tires with our service professionals, below!

How Many Miles to Rotate Tires on a FWD or RWD Vehicle

If the vehicle you drive around Pineville has front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, we can help you determine when to rotate its tires. First, it helps to understand that the terms “front-wheel drive” and “rear-wheel drive” are actually designations for where power is directed from the engine. Whether it’s the front wheels or the rear wheels receiving power, those tires are going to wear out faster than the rest.

Remember these tips if you drive a vehicle with FWD or RWD:

  • The standard interval of 5,000 to 7,5000 miles applies to most FWD and RWD vehicles, or whichever number is listed in the owner’s manual.
  • Planning to do a FWD tire rotation at home? You must remember to switch sides when you move the rear tires. This means the rear right tire should go to the front left, and the rear left to the front right. When you move the front tires to the back, though, they can stay on the same side.
  • If you are rotating tires on a car with RWD, you simply invert the above steps. So, the front tires switch sides when moving to the back, but the back tires stay on the same side when they move to the front.
  • Your driving habits will also play a role in when you need to rotate your tires. Off-roading, commercial driving, and other strenuous activities will often lead to more frequent tire rotations.

Our service advisors can help you figure out how many miles to rotate tires based on your unique driving habits. Contact us to start a conversation!

When to Rotate Tires: AWD Vehicles

Need to know how often you should rotate tires on a vehicle with all-wheel drive? AWD systems work differently in that they direct power to all four wheels at the same time. This means each tire is subject to wear a bit differently and at a different speed from the others. So, the general recommendation for how many miles to rotate tires with AWD is 3,000–5,000 miles. Again, you should also consult your owner’s manual for a precise number.

Why is Tire Rotation Important?

Why do we need to rotate tires in the first place? It’s not always convenient to make the trip from Concord, but this is an essential maintenance item that shouldn’t be delayed. Here are the key benefits of tire rotation:

  • Improves tire life
  • Helps maintain traction on slick roads
  • Helps prevent road noise
  • Relieves strain on the drivetrain
  • Relieves unnecessary stress on the drivetrain

Schedule Tire Service in Monroe

Need a tire rotation in Monroe? Schedule a service visit with Hendrick Cadillac Monroe! Our Cadillac certified technicians have the know-how to service any make or model in a timely fashion. Before heading over, remember to check out our ongoing service specials to help keep maintenance budget-friendly!

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