How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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How often should you rotate your tires? If you are wondering when to rotate tires, this service task is usually done every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. It is highly recommended that you consult your owner’s manual to see if a different schedule is recommended by the automaker. If you are not sure how many miles to rotate tires for your particular drivetrain, the automotive experts at Atlantic Volkswagen have provided this guide below.

How Many Miles to Rotate Tires?

Whether your vehicle is designated as front-wheel or rear-wheel drive depends on where power from the engine is sent. If you have a front-wheel drive car, engine power is sent to the front tires. The opposite is true for a rear-wheel drive drive car. The set of tires that receives the bulk of the engine power will wear down quicker than the other tires. Keep these tips in mind if you have a FWD or RWD vehicle.

  • A tire rotation is recommended every 5,000 to 7,500 miles for FWD and RWD vehicles. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual for exact figures.
  • If you are rotating the tires on a FWD vehicle, you will need to flip sides when moving the rear tires. For example, the rear right tire will go on the front left. As you move the front tires to the back, they should remain on the same side.
  • If you drive a RWD car, invert the process above. Flip sides when moving the front tires to the back, but when you move the rear tires forward, keep them on the same side.
  • If you do a lot of off-roading, you may need to rotate your tires sooner. Consult the team at Atlantic Volkswagen to see how your driving habits may affect this service interval.

Tire Rotations for AWD Vehicles

Curious how many miles to rotate tires on an AWD model? AWD vehicles operate a little differently. Each tire wears down at different speeds, so a tire rotation is recommended every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Once again, check your owner’s manual for specific directions for your particular make and model. Not sure if your vehicle is in need of a tire rotation? That’s ok! Our team can inspect your tires for wear to see if this service is needed.

Why Should I Rotate My Tires?

Now that you know when to rotate tires, you may be wondering why this task is so important. In addition to extending the life of your tires, there are other benefits of regular tire rotations:

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

If you want to be thoroughly prepared for hazardous weather around Millville, regular tire rotations are a must. Remember that properly caring for your tires doesn’t mean they’ll last forever. If your tires are worn down and unsafe for the roads of Vineland, we can help you find a brand new set.

Enjoy Stress-Free Tire Care at Atlantic Volkswagen

If you have additional questions regarding tire care, you can always contact the team at Atlantic Volkswagen for more information. We want to ensure your vehicle runs smoothly for many years to come.

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