How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Rotating tires

 


How often should you rotate your tires? The general consensus on tire rotation intervals is about 5,000 to 8,000 miles. This is a solid ground rule, but when to rotate tires may vary depending on your vehicle and driving habits. Read through this simple guide from the folks at Sid Dillon Buick of Lincoln, your Omaha-area trusted service center.

How Many Miles to Rotate Tires: FWD and RWD Vehicles

The power from the engine is sent to different places in a front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive vehicle. A front-wheel drive car has power sent to the front tires, and a rear-wheel drive car has power sent to the rear tires. The tires getting the bulk of the engine power will wear down faster than the others. Should you drive a FWD or RWD vehicle, keep these tire rotation tips in mind:

  • How many miles to rotate tires for FWD or RWD cars? The tire rotation needs to be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual for exact figures.
  • If you’re performing a FWD tire rotation yourself, keep in mind 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, keep them 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.
  • Keep in mind how you drive, like off-roading, will affect when to rotate tires. Talk with the service experts at Sid Dillon Buick of Lincoln to get a better idea of a maintenance schedule that fits your driving habits.

How Many Miles to Rotate Tires: AWD Tire Rotation Tips

All-wheel drive (AWD) Buick vehicles, have a different tire rotation pattern than FWD or RWD vehicles. The power from your engine is sent to all four wheels when you engage AWD. In this case, the rotation will need to be done in a specific way and in closer intervals. How often should you rotate your tires in your AWD model? Roughly every 3,000 – 5,000 miles if you use AWD regularly in Hickman. Here is the guide for the new placement:

  1. The left rear goes to the right front spot.
  2. The right rear goes to the left front spot.
  3. The right front goes to the left rear spot.
  4. The left front goes to the right rear spot.

We recommend drawing a simple diagram of your drivetrain and using color-coded arrows to help you move your tires properly and make the process easier. If you prefer to have a professional team rotate your tires though, you can always schedule service at Sid Dillon Buick of Lincoln! 

When to Rotate Tires and Why

Rotating your tires at regular intervals will prevent rapid wear-down, as we have mentioned above. It also has the benefit of:

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

If you want to be prepared for hazardous weather around Beatrice, keep tire rotations as part of your maintenance plan. This doesn’t mean your tires will last forever, but it will extend the life of them. If you’re in need of replacement, our tire center can help you out!

Come to Sid Dillon Buick of Lincoln for Your Tire Service

If you have more questions regarding tire care, contact us today. Our certified technicians are always standing by to help answer your questions and solve your problems.

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