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How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Mechanic Rotating Tire


When it comes to tire care, do you know how often should you rotate your tires? When looking at when to rotate tires, general recommendations suggest rotations at 5,000- to 7,500-mile intervals. While this serves as a good basis, you’ll want to check your owner’s manual for more specific service intervals. Find out more about how and when to rotate tires, and then contact the Middletown Honda service center if you have questions.

FWD and RWD Tire Rotations

With front-wheel drive vehicles, engine power is dispersed to the front tires, while it’s distributed to the rear tires for rear-wheel drive vehicles. Whichever tires are getting the bulk of the engine power are the ones that will experience increased wear. Should you drive a FWD or RWD vehicle, keep these tire rotation tips in mind:

  • Tire rotations for both FWD or RWD need to be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Again, be sure to consult your owner’s manual for exact figures.
  • During FWD tire rotations, you’ll need to 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.
  • With a RWD car, you need to invert the process above when rotating the tires. Flip sides when moving the front tires to the back, but keep the rear tires on the same side when moving them forward.
  • Driving habits and terrain can also impact how often you should rotate your tires. If you find yourself heading off the beaten path to more rugged trails, you’ll want to consult with our service experts to discuss possible changes to your tire rotation intervals.

Tire Rotation Tips for AWD Vehicles

Not sure how many miles to rotate tires on an AWD model? Most experts set the standard timeline at 3,000 to 5,000 miles, as these vehicles work differently than both FWD or RWD models, with power being distributed to all four wheels. Still, you’ll always want to check your owner’s manual for exact numbers for your specific vehicle. If you’re not sure the last time you had your tires rotated, schedule an appointment at Middletown Honda. Our technicians will examine your tires and determine if a rotation is necessary.

Why Rotate Your Tires?

Along with extending the lifespan of your tires, regular tire rotations can go a long way to improving your time in the driver’s seat. Benefits include:

  • Less noise on the road
  • Improved traction during poor road conditions
  • Prevents unnecessary stress on the drivetrain

Schedule Regular Tire Care at Middletown Honda

For any information regarding tire care, including how to check tire tread depth, contact our certified technicians. They’re standing by to help you with all your vehicle care needs, from answer questions to performing crucial maintenance tasks.

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