How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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How often should you rotate your tires? Typically this should happen every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. While it’s a great ground rule, refer to your owner’s manual for the exact figure. If you’re still wondering when to rotate tires, read through this handy guide from the experts at O'Brien Toyota, your trusted Fishers-area service center.

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

When it comes to front-wheel and rear-wheel drive, this just means where the power from the engine is sent. With a front-wheel drive vehicle, it’s sent to front tires, while in a rear-wheel drive car, it’s sent to the rear tires. The set of tires that get the bulk of the engine power will wear faster than the others. If you drive a FWD or RWD vehicle, keep these tire rotation tips in mind.

  • For FWD or RWD cars, tire rotation needs to be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Check your owner’s manual for exact figures.
  • If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, keep in mind that on a front-wheel drive car you will want 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 a 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.
  • How you drive affects how often you need to rotate your tires. Talk with the service experts at O'Brien Toyota for a maintenance schedule that fits your driving habits.

AWD Tire Rotation Tips

Wondering how many miles to rotate tires on an AWD model? They work a little differently since each tire wears differently, and at different speeds. Most Toyota experts set the standard timeline at 3,000 to 5,000 miles. However, always check your owner’s manual for exact numbers for your vehicle. If you are unsure about the last time you performed a tire rotation, schedule a service appointment at O'Brien Toyota! We will inspect the tires to see if you’re due for a rotation. Tires usually require a rotation once the tread variance exceeds 2/32 of an inch.

Why Rotate Tires?

Tire rotation extends the life of your tires, and with regular rotation, your vehicle will enjoy these added benefits:

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

To make sure you’re ready for hazardous weather around Greenwood, add tire rotations as part of your maintenance plan. If you need a replacement, our tire center is here to help!

Get Your Tire Advice From O'Brien Toyota

For additional information or if you have questions regarding tire care, or service-related questions like how to reset the maintenance light on a Toyota Corollacontact us today. Our Toyota-certified technicians are ready to answer your questions.

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