When To Rotate Your Tires

Rotating tires

 

Tire rotation is an essential part of vehicle maintenance, making sure your tires remain in top condition on the Tacoma roads. But how many miles should you drive to rotate your tires? Experts generally agree that you should rotate your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, although your owner’s manual will give you a more specific figure. Although tire rotation is a straightforward process, it’s important that you follow the steps exactly, so the service team at Bud Clary Auburn Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has put together a guide outlining what to do. We have many other tips on vehicle maintenance as well.

 

 

Rotating Tires on 2WD Vehicles

The process of rotating your tires is a bit different depending on whether you drive a two-wheel drive (2WD) or an all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicle. 2WD vehicles are divided into front-wheel drive (FWD) and rear-wheel drive (RWD). If you drive a FWD vehicle, then the engine power is sent to the front tires, meaning they’ll wear out faster. Likewise, a RWD vehicle gets its power sent to the rear tires. Whether you drive a FWD or RWD vehicle, the tire rotation process is the same:

  • For FWD tires: be sure to flip sides when you move the rear tires. The rear right tire will go on the front left side, while the rear left tire will go on the front right side. However, the front tires will retain their same side when you move them to the rear (front left → rear left, front right → rear right).
  • For RWD tires: invert the above process. The front tires will flip sides when you move them to the rear, but the rear tires will retain the same side when you move them to the front. So: front left → rear right, front right → rear left, rear left → front left, rear right → front right.
  • Your driving habits and conditions will affect your tires’ wear and tire, which in turn will affect how often you need to rotate your tires. One of our service experts can examine your car and give you a better idea of when you should perform a tire rotation.

Rotating Tires on AWD Vehicles

Rotating tires on an AWD vehicle requires a different process, since engine power is sent to all four wheels. You’ll want to rotate AWD tires more frequently than 2WD tires. AWD tires generally need to be rotated every 3,000 to 5,000 miles if you use AWD frequently around Kent and beyond. For tire rotation on AWD vehicles, flip each tire you rotate to the opposite side. In other words:

  1. The left rear goes to the right front spot.
  2. The right rear goes to the left front spot.
  3. The right front goes to the left rear spot.
  4. The left front goes to the right rear spot.

Why Rotate Tires?

Rotating your tires is an easy and important way to extend the life of your tires so you don’t have to replace them as frequently. It also keeps you safer on the roads, especially if you live in an area with frequent hazardous weather or road conditions. Here are some other benefits of regular tire rotation:

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

Get Your Tire Advice From Bud Clary Auburn Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

If you have any questions about tire rotation, or for more information about the services we offer, feel free to contact Bud Clary Auburn Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today! You can also come to our service center near Federal Way to get your vehicle inspected in person, or if you have any repairs. If you’d rather get your tires rotated by an expert, you can schedule a service appointment right from our website!

Service Specials From Bud Clary Auburn Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Clary Care Special

Save 30% off the regular prices of these services: Receive 3 oil changes, 3 tire rotations, and 3 multi-point inspections.

$139 for conventional oil

$179 for synthetic oil

See service advisor for diesel oil prices

This coupon is valid at: Bud Clary Auburn Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 2925 Auburn Way N Auburn, WA 98002. Additional restrictions apply. See dealer for details.

EXPIRES: 12/31/2022

Buy 3 Tires Get the 4th for Free

Restrictions apply, see dealer for details. OEM, OEA and WIN tires only. Tires must be dealer installed. Three tires at regular price, fourth tire for free. Fourth tire must be of equal or lesser value. Excludes mounting and balance, sales tax, shop supplies, tire disposal, and other applicable taxes. Cannot be combined with any other coupon or advertised special. Excludes previous purchases. Offer only available at participating Bud Clary dealers through 12/31/23.

EXPIRES: 12/31/2023

 

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