How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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Tire rotations are generally recommended at every 5,000 to 7,000 mile interval. While this is a good ground rule, it’s best to know the exact mileage interval for your model. This is located in the owner’s manual, but if you’d like to know more about when to rotate tires on your model, get in touch with our Towne Mazda Service Center. When it comes to rotating the tires yourself, we have a guide to help.

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

The designations of front-wheel and rear-wheel drive simply mean where 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. Whether you drive a FWD or RWD vehicle, we have a few tire rotation tips to keep 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’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.
  • How often you rotate the tires will also depend on your driving habits. If you go off-roading often, or tend to take rougher backroads, talk with the service experts at Towne Mazda where you can get a better idea of the maintenance schedule that best 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. While the standard mileage marker is between 3,000 and 5,000 miles to get your vehicle’s tires rotated, you’ll want to check the owner’s manual for the exact mileage. If you can’t remember the last time you performed a tire rotation, don’t hesitate to schedule service at Towne Mazda. 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. If you notice the tires are at this point, make an appointment to have your vehicle’s rotated.

Why Rotate Tires?

It’s common knowledge that tire rotation extends the life of your tires, but in addition to this, regular tire rotation gives your vehicle additional benefits including:

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

To be better prepared for hazardous weather around Lackawanna, keep tire rotations as part of your maintenance plan. 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!

Get Your Tire Advice From Towne Mazda

Learn more about rotating your vehicle’s tires, Mazda technology, what guaranteed car financing means, whether buying or leasing is best for you, to learn about the Mazda3 AWD prices and specs, Mazda CX-5 dimensions, learn about the Mazda3 tire size, compare the Mazda CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-9 vs. Honda Pilot, and more when you get in touch with Towne Mazda! Also be sure to browse our service specials to help you save on the maintenance your Mazda needs.

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