How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?
Knowing how often you should rotate your tires will help add longevity to your wheels and overall driving performance. While the interval can vary depending on your specific model and driving conditions, generally when to rotate tires should be between every 10,000-12,000 km. Rotating tires is just as important as regularly changing oil; learn more about why with the service pros at Mainline Chrysler!
Why Rotate Tires?
Tire rotation extends the life of your tires, ensuring more even wear between all four wheels. Depending on the drivetrain of your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM model, your tires will wear differently, and rotations help balance that out. This kind of routine maintenance helps you:
- Increase traction on slippery North Battleford streets
- Decrease noise while you drive
- Relieve unnecessary stress on the drivetrain
Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles
No matter if you drive a front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive vehicle, tire rotations are important. With a FWD car, power is sent to the front tires, while the rear tires receive power for RWD. Because power is not evenly distributed, one set of tires will be working harder and wear out faster, which is why rotating them helps extend their lifespan. Remember these important service tips:
- Consult your owner’s manual for exact tire rotation intervals.
- When performing a FWD tire rotation yourself, don’t forget to flip sides when moving the rear tires. The rear right tire should go on the front left, and vice versa. However, when moving the front tires to the back, keep them on the same side.
- When rotating tires on a 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.
- More aggressive driving or weather conditions in Regina will affect how often you need to rotate your tires. If you do a lot of off-roading in Swift Current, you may need more frequent tire maintenance.
AWD Tire Rotation Tips
AWD models see different tire wear patterns since all wheels receive power, and because of this, how many miles to rotate tires for AWD is fewer, often in the 5,000 – 8,000 range. If you’re not sure when your last rotation occurred, check the tire tread depth, or schedule an inspection at your local Saskatoon service center to be sure.
Get Your Tire Advice From Mainline Chrysler
At Mainline Chrysler, we’re here to help answer all your maintenance questions, whether you need help with how to jump start a car or remove a smoke smell from your cabin. We want all our Kindersley customers to drive with confidence, so contact us if you need help!
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