How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

December 11th, 2018 by

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For most vehicles, tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. While this is a good base interval, for exact figures on your model you should always check your owner’s manual. Still want to know more about tire rotation? Read through this simple guide from the folks at Bettenhausen CDJR, your Orland Park-area trusted service center.

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

When you hear the terms “front-wheel drive” and “rear-wheel drive” they simply refer to where power from the engine is sent. In a front-wheel drive vehicle, power it is distributed to the front tires, while in a rear-wheel drive car it is sent to the rear tires. Whichever set of tires is getting the bulk of the power will also show increased wear. Keep these tire rotation tips in mind if you drive a FWD or RWD vehicle:

  • For FWD or RWD vehicle, tire rotation generally needs to be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles.
  • If you’re performing a FWD tire rotation yourself, you will need to make sure to flip sides when moving the rear tires. For example, the rear right tire will go on the front left. However, when moving the front tires to the back, you will need to keep the tires on the same sides.
  • Invert the above process when rotating tires on a RWD car. Flip sides when moving the front tires to the back, but keep the rear tires on the same side when moving them forward.

Remember that how and where your drive will affect how often you need to rotate your tires. Talk with the service experts at Bettenhausen CDJR to get a better idea of a maintenance schedule that fits your driving habits.

AWD Tire Rotation Tips

AWD vehicles work slightly differently since each tire wears differently, and at different speeds. Most experts set the standard timeline at 3,000 to 5,000 miles, but it’s always best to check your owner’s manual for exact numbers for your vehicle.

Why Rotate Tires?

Rotating tires at regular intervals not only extends the life of your tires, but also gives your vehicle these additional benefits:

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

To be better prepared for hazardous weather around New Lenox, keep tire rotations as part of your maintenance plan.

Get Your Tire Advice From Bettenhausen CDJR

If you can’t remember the last time you performed a tire rotation, don’t hesitate to schedule service at Bettenhausen CDJR. We’ll perform an inspection to see if you’re due for a rotation. Want to learn more about caring for the interior of your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle or checking your transmission fluid? Explore our service videos for more information to keep your vehicle running smoothly in Tinley Park.

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