How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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Conventional wisdom dictates that tires should be rotated at every 5,000 to 7,500-mile interval. While this is a good ground rule, you should always check your owner's manual for exact figures on your model. Still curious when to rotate tires and how to do it? Read through this simple guide from the folks at Glenwood Springs Subaru, your Glenwood Springs-area trusted service center.

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

Whether you have a front-wheel or rear-wheel drivetrain will govern where the power from the engine is sent. For a front-wheel-drive car, it is sent to the front tires, while in a rear-wheel drive car it is sent to the rear tires. Whichever tires get the bulk of the engine power will wear out faster. 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. Be sure to consult your owner's manual for exact figures.
  • If you want to perform 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.
  • You want to invert the process when rotating tires on a RWD car. Flip sides when moving the front tires to the back, but keep the rear tires on the same side when moving them forward.
  • There are other driving habits and conditions, like off-roading, will affect how often you need to rotate your tires. If you experience rough roads often, speak with the service experts at Glenwood Springs Subaru to get a better idea of a maintenance schedule that fits your driving habits.

AWD Tire Rotation Tips

Curious how many miles to rotate tires on an AWD model? Since these vehicles disperse power differently, each tire will wear will at different levels and speeds. Most experts set the standard timeline for AWD tire rotations at 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Remember, though, to always check your owner's manual for exact numbers for your specific vehicle. Not sure when you had your last tire rotation? Don't hesitate to schedule service at Glenwood Springs Subaru. We'll perform an inspection to see if you're due for a rotation. Once the tread variance exceeds 2/32 of an inch then tires usually require a rotation.

Why Rotate Tires?

While it is already known that tire rotation extends the life of your tires. Beyond that, regular tire rotation gives your vehicle additional benefits:

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

Having tire rotations as part of your maintenance plan will better prepare your vehicle for hazardous weather around Grand Junction. Visit us today! From tire rotations to Subaru Outback accessories, we can help you learn everything you need to know!

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