How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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One of the many service-related questions we’re often asked here at Suntrup Volkswagen is “How often should you rotate your tires?” For the average passenger vehicle, it’s a good rule of thumb to rotate tires every 5,000 miles to 7,500 miles. This, however, is just a ground rule — and you should check your owner’s manual for the exact interval. You can also discuss when to rotate tires with our knowledgeable service team!

Recommended Rotation for FWD & RWD Vehicles

Front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive cars send the power from their engines to the front and rear axles, respectively. This means that the tires attached to those axles work the hardest, and without regular rotations, will wear unevenly and eventually become damaged or blow out. If you have a FWD or RWD car, keep the following tire rotation tips in mind:

  • Usually, tire rotation is suggested every 5,000 miles to 7,500 miles for FWD and RWD vehicles.
  • When rotating tires yourself, its important to follow specific tire rotation patterns. On a front-wheel drive car, change sides when you’re moving the rear tires to the front (i.e. the right rear tire gets moved to the left front). If you’re moving the front tires to the back, though, keep them on the same side.
  • If you’re rotating the tires on a rear-wheel drive, you’ll change sides when moving the front tires to the back. However, you’ll keep the rear tires on the same side if you’re moving them forward.
  • Several factors can influence how many miles to rotate tires, such as whether or not you go off-roading, the climate in which you live, and more.

If you’re performing a tire rotation at home, you’ll also need to know how to change a tire.

Recommended Rotation for AWD Vehicles

Do you have an all-wheel drive vehicle? Tire rotations for AWD cars and SUVs are a little different — each tire wears at its own pace. Generally, it’s suggested that tire rotations should be performed on AWD vehicles every 3,000 miles to 5,000 miles. Your owner’s manual could say otherwise, so be sure to check it. Another helpful tip to remember is tire rotation is typically a necessity when the tread variance exceeds 2/32 of an inch. If your vehicle needs a tire rotation, schedule a service appointment at Suntrup Volkswagen!

Why Are Regular Tire Rotations a Good Idea?

Tire rotation lengthens the life of your tires, but that’s not all. Keeping up with regular tire service gives you and your car the following advantages:

  • Stronger traction and grip in adverse conditions
  • Quieter ride
  • Stress relief for the drivetrain

Of course, your tires won’t last forever, but tire rotations can help you better prepare for precarious driving conditions and weather around Webster. Need a tire replacement? Our tire store can help!

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Rely On Suntrup Volkswagen for Expert Tire Service!

Do you have additional questions about tire care? Contact our service team directly, or visit us near St Peters and Webster! Don’t forget to ask about our current service offers.

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