How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

The general consensus about when to rotate tires is about every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, though you should always check your owner’s manual to get your specific model’s service schedule. Learn more about tire rotation patterns and more at Jaguar Mission Viejo, your Coto De Caza-area authorized Jaguar service center.

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

What’s the difference between a front-wheel drive vehicle and a rear-wheel drive vehicle, and why is tire rotation process different for each? For a front-wheel drive car, power is sent to the front tires, while in a rear-wheel drive car it is sent to the rear tires, which means that the set of tires will wear down differently on a FWD vs. RWD model.

Here are tire rotation tips for each type of vehicle.

  • 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’re performing 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.
  • When rotating tires on an 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.
  • Keep in mind how you drive, like off-roading, will affect how often you need to rotate your tires. Talk with the service experts at Jaguar Mission Viejo 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? These vehicles work slightly differently since each tire wears differently, and at different speeds. Most experts set the standard timeline at 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Remember, though, to always check your owner’s manual for exact numbers for your specific vehicle. If you can’t remember the last time you performed a tire rotation, don’t hesitate to schedule service at Jaguar Mission Viejo. We’ll perform an inspection to see if you’re due for a rotation. Tires usually require a rotation once the tread variance exceeds 2/32 of an inch.

Why Rotate Tires?

Common knowledge will tell you 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

Regular tire rotations and maintaining tire tread depth as part of your normal maintenance is important for staying ahead of weather conditions. Remember that properly caring for your tires doesn’t mean they’ll last forever. If you’re in need of replacement, our tire center can help you out!

Rely on Jaguar Mission Viejo for Your Service Needs

If you have any more questions about tire and wheel care in Irvine, contact us today, or check out more service tips and tricks at Jaguar Mission Viejo, like how to clean leather car seats at home, or how often to change your oil.

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