How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Rotating Tires


A common question we hear at the Alexandria Volkswagen service center is, “How often should you rotate your tires?” If you have been wondering when to rotate tires, you are not alone. According to many automotive industry experts, this task should be done every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. There may be different recommendations from the manufacturer for your particular make and model, so it is a good idea to consult your owner’s manual. If you have additional questions about when to rotate tires, check out this helpful guide below from the team at Alexandria Volkswagen near Arlington.

Rotating Tires: FWD and RWD Models

The drivetrain of your vehicle determines where power from the engine is sent. If you have a front-wheel drive car, the front tires receive the engine power. For those with a rear-wheel drive car, power is sent to the rear tires. Because one set of tires receives the majority of the engine power, those tires will wear down more rapidly. This is one of the reasons why tire rotation is so important:

  • For FWD or RWD cars, tire rotation needs to be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Once again, remember to check if there are different suggestions from the automaker.
  • With a FWD tire rotation, you will need to change sides when moving the rear tires. An example of this is that the rear right tire will now become the front left tire. This is not the case when moving the front tires to the back. They should remain on the same side.
  • The opposite should be done when rotating tires on a RWD vehicle. When you move the front tires to the back, those tires should swap sides. Move the rear tires forward, but keep them on the same side.
  • You may need to rotate your tires more often based on your driving habits. If you are unsure how often to perform this maintenance task, the experts at Alexandria Volkswagen are here to help.

AWD Tire Rotation Tips

If you do not have a FWD or RWD vehicle, you may be wondering how many miles to rotate tires on an AWD model? On an AWD vehicle, each tire wears at a different rate. Because of this, it is best to have your tires rotated every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Your owner’s manual could have different suggestions, so it is important to see what the manufacturer suggests. If you are unsure whether it is time to have your tires rotated, bring your vehicle by the service center today.

Why Rotate Tires?

One of the most important reasons to keep up with regular tire rotations is that this service helps your tires last as long as possible. However, that is not the only benefit. Rotating tires regularly offers the following benefits, too:

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

If you want to be ready for any road condition you may encounter in the Springfield area, tire rotations should be a part of your routine maintenance schedule. Remember that even the best-maintained tires will wear out eventually, so if it is time for a new set, we can help with that, too. Be sure to see if we have any current tire specials going on right now.

Contact Alexandria Volkswagen for More Information

If you would like to know more about tire care, do not hesitate to contact the service experts at Alexandria Volkswagen. We want to help keep your tires in like-new condition as long as possible.

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