How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Winter tire wheels using 4WD

Tires are one of the most critical components of your vehicle, therefore, rotating your tires for even wear should be done every 5,000-7,500 miles, depending on your vehicle. How often you should rotate your tires depends on whether your vehicle is FWD, RWD, or AWD, as these all wear differently. Let’s take a look at when to rotate tires for FWD, RWD, and AWD vehicles.

FWD and RWD Vehicles

If you have a FWD vehicle, all the power heads to the front wheels, therefore, the front tires wear quicker than the rear. The opposite is true for RWD vehicles, as the rear tires wear quicker than the front. When rotating your tires, it is important that the front right goes to the rear left, and the left front is switched to the rear right. This produces proper wear and lengthens the overall lifespan of your tires. Let’s go into more detail:

  • FWD and RWD vehicles should have their tires rotated every 5,000-7,500 miles. However, it is important to consult your manual to be certain.
  • When rotating FWD tires, move the front right to the rear left, and the front left to the rear right.
  • If your vehicle is RWD, you would do the opposite of FWD. Place the rear left tire to the front right, and rear right to the front left.
  • Road conditions also have an impact on how many miles to rotate your tires. If you drive on rough or unpaved roads, we recommend that you rotate your tires more often. You can stop in to Barnes Crossing Volkswagen to consult our highly-trained experts.

Rotating Tires on AWD Vehicles

Wondering how many miles to rotate tires for all-wheel drive vehicles? Tires on AWD vehicles wear much differently than FWD or RWD vehicles and should be rotated every 3,000-5,000 miles. To ensure you’re ready to take on the open road, stop by Barnes Crossing Volkswagen in Tupelo and let our experts care for your vehicle. Like FWD and RWD vehicles, we highly recommend you check your owner’s manual for the recommended frequency for tire rotation.

Not sure if your tires need to be rotated? You can schedule a maintenance appointment with Barnes Crossing Volkswagen, where we will measure your tread wear. Remember that if your treads are at or below 2/32 of an inch, it is time to replace your tires.

Reasons to Rotate Your Tires

There are quite a few reasons to rotate your tires. The first reason being it significantly extends their lifespan. Here are a few more reasons to consider tire rotation:

  • Improved traction in any conditions
  • Easier on the drivetrain
  • Smoother and quieter ride

If you want your vehicle to be ready for the sudden rain and adverse weather in Tupelo, ensure you rotate your tires when needed. If you need new tires, our professional parts department can find tires that fit your budget and lifestyle.

Check Out Barnes Crossing Volkswagen For Your Tire Needs!

At Barnes Crossing Volkswagen, we have the professionals to take care of your vehicle. Now that you know when to rotate tires, get in touch with our service department for all your maintenance needs, and our parts department if you need new tires.


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