How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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If you’re new to car service, you may be wondering, “How often should you rotate your tires?” In general, it’s a good idea to rotate your tires every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Of course, this doesn’t apply to all models and body types. So, it’s important to check your owner’s manual for an exact mileage or speak with a technician at our service center. Learn more about when to rotate tires from Wilde Lexus Sarasota by following our handy guide below.

How Many Miles to Rotate Tires: FWD & RWD Cars

In front-wheel drive cars, power is sent to the front tires. Meanwhile, in rear-wheel drive cars, power is sent to the rear tires. While both FWD and RWD drivetrains offer their own benefits, the designation of engine power to one axle or the other means the connected tires will wear more quickly, depending on which tires bear most of the vehicle’s weight. If you drive a FWD or RWD, keep the following tips in mind when rotating the tires:

  • Tire rotation is needed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles for RWD and FWD cars. If you have additional questions, be sure to consult your owner’s manual.
  • Are you performing a tire rotation on a FWD drive vehicle? Flip sides when moving the rear tires. You’ll place the rear right tire on the front left. Keep the front tires on the same side when you move the front tires to the back.
  • Invert the above process if you’re rotating tires on a RWD vehicle. When moving the front tires to the back, flip sides but keep the back tires on the same side when moving them to the front.
  • Consider how you drive and how that correlates with rotating your tires. The service experts at Wilde Lexus Sarasota can help you get a better idea of when to rotate tires based on how often you off-road or the conditions in which you drive.

How Many Miles to Rotate Tires: AWD Cars

Do you drive an AWD vehicle? AWD vehicles are slightly different than FWD and RWD in the sense that each tire wears differently. The standard timeline for tire rotations on AWD vehicles is about 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Again, it’s important to check your owner’s manual for specific details on when to rotate tires. Can’t remember the last time you performed a tire rotation? Schedule service at Wilde Lexus Sarasota! We’ll perform an inspection and see if your car could benefit from a tire rotation. Generally, once the tread variance exceeds 2/32 of an inch, it’s time to schedule a rotation.

Why is Tire Rotation Important?

Tire rotation helps extend the life of your tires, but also does the following:

  • Improved driver control in precarious weather
  • Quieter performance
  • Helps keep the drivetrain in good condition by easing mechanical stress
  • Keeping up with routine tire rotations can help you be prepared for hazardous weather conditions

Properly caring for your tires doesn’t mean they’re impervious to damage. Our tire center can help you choose the right set if you need new tires.

Schedule a Tire Rotation at Wilde Lexus Sarasota

Now that you know the answer to the question, “How often should you rotate your tires,” the service team at Wilde Lexus Sarasota can help you keep your tires in excellent condition. Do you have additional questions? Contact us to learn more about the right tires and wheels for your Lexus, how much an oil change costs, how to clean leather seats, and more! Don’t forget to ask about our tire and wheel protection plans!

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