How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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At our service center, our technicians often have drivers ask, “How often should you rotate your tires?” The easy answer is you should rotate your tires every 5,000-7,000 miles. The difference depends on how you drive. Plus, did you know that different drivetrains require different types of tire rotation? Learn all about how often you should rotate your tires with Stokes Chrysler Company.


Why Rotate Tires?

Before we get into when to rotate tires, let’s talk about why rotating your tires keeps you safe on Prattville streets and extends the life of your tires. Here are the benefits of rotating your tires:

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

When rain or unexpected sleet hit Calera, you’ll be able to drive with confidence if you’ve stuck to your tire rotation schedule, performed in a way that suits your drivetrain. While rotating your tires doesn’t make them last forever, it can prevent unexpected flats and dangerous blowouts. Keep in mind how you drive, like off-roading, will affect how often you need to rotate your tires. Talk with the service experts at Stokes Chrysler Company to get a better idea of a maintenance schedule that fits your driving habits. When it’s time to replace your tires, Stokes Chrysler Company offers money-saving deals!

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

Front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive indicate where power from the engine is sent. The engine of a front-wheel drive vehicle sends more energy to the front wheels, which makes them wear differently than the rear wheel. If you drive a front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive vehicle, here are some considerations when you rotate tires:

  • 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.

Rotating Tires on AWD Vehicles

Since AWD works differently, how many miles to rotate tires is a little different: you might need to rotate your tires every 3,000-5,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual to verify when to rotate tires on an AWD vehicle.

Schedule Maintenance with Stokes Chrysler Company

The easiest way to rotate your tires is to have your regular auto maintenance done at Stokes Chrysler Company. Our certified technicians can take care of your tire rotations and much more at a price you’ll like. Schedule service with us today!

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