How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

The general consensus on when to rotate tires is around every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. However, you’ll want to be sure to check your owner’s manual for model-specific recommendations. How many miles to rotate tires will also change if you use your vehicle frequently in the following conditions:

  • Gravel roads or in construction zones
  • Extreme weather
  • Off-roading
  • Heavy towing
  • Racing

Learn more about tire rotation from your Gadsden-area authorized CDJR service center today!



Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

How are rotating tires on front-wheel drive (FWD) and rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicles different? The main driving force is supported by different sets of wheels on these different drivetrains, so the wheels will wear out at different rates. The front tires will wear down faster on a front-wheel drive car, while the rear tires will wear down faster on a rear-wheel drive car.

This also means that the tire rotation patterns will have to be different for FWD vs. RWD models:

  • FWD tire rotation: When moving the rear tires to the front, flip sides. For example, the rear right tire will go on the front left. When moving the front tires to the back, keep them on the same side.
  • RWD tire rotation: When moving the front tires to the rear, flip sides, but keep the rear tires on the same side when moving them forward.

AWD Tire Rotation Tips

Since each tire wears differently on an all-wheel drive vehicle, especially an intelligent all-wheel drive vehicle, most experts recommend rotating AWD tires every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. It’s best to schedule service for this task–the CDJR of Albertville certified service center near Huntsville can inspect the tires and determine the appropriate rotation pattern.

Why Rotate Tires?

Regular rotation should be part of your maintenance plan. But what exactly are the benefits?

  • To extend the life of your tires
  • To safely maintain traction on slippery roads
  • To eliminate excess road noise in the cabin
  • To relieve unnecessary stress on the drivetrain

Rely on CDJR of Albertville for Service Needs

If you have any more questions about tire rotation patterns or other tire care concerns, contact us today. Our certified technicians can help answer your questions and address any issues that arise. You can also check out our service tips and tricks–like how to fix a car dent or scratch-and how to reset your RAM 1500 check engine light-to be better prepared out on Fort Payne roads!

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