How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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How often should you rotate your tires? The typical interval for performing a tire rotation is 5,000 to 8,000 miles. This is a basic ground rule, but exact figures will vary depending on your model, so it’s a good idea to reference your owner’s manual. Still curious about how many miles to rotate tires, and what may affect the lifespan of your tires? Check out this simple guide from the folks at Butler Lexus of South Atlanta, your Peachtree City-area trusted service center.



When to Rotate Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

How many miles to rotate tires on a FWD or RWD vehicle? While the numbers above still hold, there is a specific pattern to follow. Front-wheel and rear-wheel drive inform drivers where power from the engine is sent. A front-wheel drive car has the power sent to the front tires, while a rear-wheel drive car has the power sent to the rear tires. Therefore, the set getting most of that power will wear down faster. If you drive a RWD or FWD vehicle, keep these considerations in mind:

  • 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.
  • The kind of driving you’re doing, like off-roading, will affect the frequency of rotations. Chat with the service experts at Butler Lexus of South Atlanta to get a better idea of a maintenance schedule that fits your driving habits.

When to Rotate Tires: AWD Tire Rotation Tips

If your vehicle is an all-wheel drive (AWD) Lexus model, the rotation pattern is different from FWD or RWD models. Every wheel is engaged by the engine when driving AWD requiring the rotation to be done in a specific way and in closer intervals. AWD tires usually need to be rotated every 3,000-5,000 miles. Here is the rotation pattern if you’re performing your rotation at home in Fayetteville:

  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.

If you are having difficulty visualizing how to do this, you can make yourself a simple diagram to ease the process. Use color-coded arrows to help you move your tires properly. If you prefer relying on the professionals to handle your tire maintenance, you can rely on the Butler Lexus of South Atlanta service team!

Why Should You Rotate Your Tires?

You know how many miles to rotate tires, but why should you perform a tire rotation? The first thing is that it extends the lifespan of your tires by distributing wear and tear more evenly. Regular tire rotations also improve your traction on slippery roads and surfaces, quiets down your rides, and relieves stress on the drivetrain. Regularly rotating your tires also keeps you prepared for potentially hazardous weather conditions in Newnan. You’ll still need a replacement eventually, but now you know when to rotate tires and why.

How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires with Butler Lexus of South Atlanta?

If you still have questions or you need help with any tire car, contact us today or come by our dealership in Union City. Our certified technicians are always standing by to help answer your questions and solve your problems.

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