How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Rotating tires

Tire rotations prevent uneven tire wear on Hammond roads, so how often should you rotate your tires? How many miles you should plan to rotate your tires ultimately depends on what type of drivetrain your vehicle has, but the general rule of thumb is between 5,000 and 8,000 miles. Learn more about when to rotate your tires below, then schedule your appointment at our service center near New Lenox.



What is a Tire Rotation?

First things first: what is a tire rotation? A tire rotation involves switching the positions of your tires to maintain an even amount of tread across all four tires. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your front tires will move straight to the back and your back tires will move straight to the front—your tire rotation pattern depends on your vehicle’s drivetrain. Here’s more on that:

  • FWD (front-wheel drive) vehicles receive most of the engine power to the front wheels, so the front tires will undergo faster tread wear than the back tires. Switching the front tires with the back tires helps combat this and maintains an even amount of tread. RWD (rear-wheel drive) vehicles are the same idea, except that the back wheels receive a majority of the engine power.
  • AWD (all-wheel drive) vehicles get engine power delivered to all four wheels, so their tire rotation pattern typically involves a more complicated tire rotation pattern (the left rear tire goes to the front right tire spot, the right rear tire goes to the left front spot, etc.).

So, how often should you rotate your tires? AWD vehicles typically need tire rotations approximately every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. FWD vehicles will need tire rotations every 5,000 to 7,500 miles on average.

Please note that these are just averages—your tire rotation schedule depends on your particular model and driving habits. With that said, it’s always best to check your owner’s manual to determine when to rotate your tires.

Schedule a Tire Rotation at Sutton Ford

Tire rotations are an integral part of your Ford maintenance schedule, ensuring you have maximum traction on slippery Chicago roads. Schedule your appointment with Sutton Ford online or by phone at 708-720-8403, and don’t forget to look at our service specials! You can contact us anytime with questions.


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