How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Rotating tires in a service center

How often should you rotate your tires? If you want to ensure that your tires last as long as possible on the roads of Chicago, you should have your tires rotated every 5,000- to 7,500 miles. Keep in mind that there may be different recommendations from the manufacturer, so it is a good idea to consult your owner’s manual. If the recommendations differ, follow the suggestions of the automaker. Still curious when to rotate tires? That’s ok! Jennings Volkswagen has provided this quick guide below for Northbrook-area drivers.

FWD and RWD Vehicles: When to Rotate Tires

Where the majority of your vehicle’s engine power is sent can vary based on your particular make and model. If you have a front-wheel drive vehicle, most of the engine power is sent to the front wheels. The opposite is true for rear-wheel drive vehicles. Because one set of tires receives the bulk of the engine power, those tires will naturally wear down sooner than the others. That is why tire rotation is needed. If you plan on performing a DIY tire rotation, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • For most FWD or RWD cars, a tire rotation every 5,000 to 7,500 miles should suffice. However, before you stick to that interval, see if there are different recommendations in your owner’s manual.
  • If you’re performing a FWD tire rotation yourself, switch sides when moving the rear tires forward. For example, the rear right tire will go on the front left. When you move the front tires to the back, you should not switch sides.
  • If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, you will need to flip sides when moving the front tires to the back. When you move the rear tires to the front of the vehicle, they will need to remain on the same side.
  • Do you do a lot of off-roading, or are you constantly driving on rugged terrain? If so, you may need to have a tire rotation performed more often. If this is the case, you can discuss your driving habits with our service professionals, and they can suggest a tire rotation schedule that works better for you.

AWD Vehicles: When to Rotate Tires

Curious how many miles to rotate tires on an AWD model? Because each tire wears differently and at different speeds, a tire rotation is needed more often. Industry experts typically recommend a tire rotation every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Once again, it is beneficial to see if there are different recommendations from the vehicle manufacturer that should be followed.

What if you are unsure about the last time your vehicle had a tire rotation. That’s ok! Just bring it to Jennings Volkswagen, and we would gladly inspect your tires to see if a tire rotation is needed.

Are Tire Rotations Necessary?

Now that you know when to rotate tires, you may be questioning whether a tire rotation is actually necessary. While this service is sometimes overlooked, it is extremely necessary if you want to get the most out of your tires and save money in the long run. In addition to helping your tires last as long as possible, there are other benefits to routine tire rotations:

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

If you want to be ready for anything that the Park Ridge roads throw your way, you will want to keep up with this important routine maintenance task.

Turn to the Tire Experts at Jennings Volkswagen

If you have other questions about proper tire care, you can always ask the experts at Jennings Volkswagen. We want to ensure that your vehicle performs like new for as long as possible.

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