How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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Do you know how often to rotate tires? The general rule of how often to rotate tires is every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. However, this is just a good rule to follow, and your exact figures on your specific model should be in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Learn how often tires need to be rotated and other helpful tire and service care tips in this handy guide from the service experts at Mitch Smith Chevrolet, Inc., near Falkville.

How to Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

Different drive trains like front-wheel and rear-wheel drive designate where the power from the engine goes. For a front-wheel drive vehicle, it goes to the front tires, and rear-wheel drive vehicles have the power sent to the rear tires. The set of tires that receives most of the engine power ends up wearing much faster than the others. Whether you drive a FWD or RWD vehicle, remember these tire rotation tips:

  • FWD or RWD cars should have a tire rotation performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Check your owner’s manual for specific details.
  • If you’re performing a FWD tire rotation at home in Hartselle, remember to flip sides when moving the rear tires. For example, the rear right tire will go on the front left. When it’s time to move the front tires to the back, they stay on the same side.
  • When rotating tires on an RWD car, invert the process above. Flip sides when moving the front tires to the back, but keep the rear tires on the same side when moving them forward.
  • Consider your driving habits. If you enjoy off-roading adventures through Hanceville, this affects how often a tire rotation is needed. Speak with our technicians for a better idea of the maintenance schedule that best fits your driving habits.

How often do tires need to be rotated based on drivetrain? The suggested frequency doesn’t change, although if you’re using all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive for off-roading you might need to get your tires rotated more often, which we’ll discuss next.

AWD Tire Rotation Tips

How often to rotate tires on an AWD vehicle? These vehicles work slightly differently as each tire wears differently and at different speeds. With that said, many Chevrolet experts set the standard tire rotation timeline at 3,000 to 5,000 miles. As mentioned before, always check your owner’s manual so you know how often tires need to be rotated on your specific vehicle.

Can’t remember when your last tire rotation was? That’s okay – schedule a service appointment with our service team for an inspection. We’ll let you know if your tires are due for a rotation.

Why Rotate Tires?

In addition to knowing how often to rotate tires, it helps to understand why tires need to be rotated. Rotating your tires helps extend the life of your tires. There are lots of additional benefits, such as:

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

Make sure you’re ready for hazardous weather or unexpected road conditions around Decatur and keep tire rotations as part of your maintenance plan. Your tires won’t last forever, but we’ll make sure they’re taken care of properly.

Get Additional Tire Advice From Mitch Smith Chevrolet, Inc.!

For additional tire care tips, contact our service center today. Our certified technicians are here to help answer your questions and fix your service problems.

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