How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

December 14th, 2018 by

Mechanic working on tires

Your vehicle’s tires should be rotated every 10,000-12,000 km (5,000-7,500 miles). This is a general rule for most models, but for a more specific mileage marker, check your owner’s manual for your model. Curious to learn more about rotating tires? See the difference between FWD and RWD vehicles as well as AWD tire rotations with us at Knight Dodge.

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Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

The main difference between front-wheel and rear-wheel drive vehicles is that with front-wheel drive, the power is being sent to the front tires and with rear-wheel drive, the power is sent to the rear tires. When it comes to rotating the tires, there are a few tips to keep in mind such as:

  • Check your owner’s manual for specific mileage points, though typically the tires need to be rotated every 10,000-12,000  km.
  • If you have a FWD model and you’re looking to perform the tire rotation yourself, remember to flip sides when you move the rear tires. This means the right rear tire will go to the front left. The front tires stay on the same side when moving back.
  • With rear-wheel drive models, the process is flipped. The front tires will be switching sides and the rear tires will remain on the same side.
  • Keep in mind your driving style. If you tend to go off-roading more often than not, your vehicle’s tires may need to be rotated more often.

AWD Tire Rotation

With AWD models, it’s said the standard timeline is having the tires rotated roughly every 5,000 to 8,000 km since each tire wears differently. They also need a rotation one the tread reaches 2/23rds of an inch. Be aware of the tread and your driving habits. If you aren’t sure of the last time you’ve had your vehicle’s tires rotated, schedule an appointment with our service department today!

Have Your Tires Rotated at Knight Dodge

Our tire centre can help you keep your tires in great working condition. Schedule an appointment with us today and learn more about how to care for your tires. We can also help you learn how to take the doors off your Jeep Wrangler when you’re ready. Contact us today to learn more service tips, including how to check your transmission fluid or what an alternator does.

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