How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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Are you trying to determine how many km you drive before you rotate your tires? The general rule of when to rotate your tires is 8,000 to 12,000 km. That said, you should always consult your owner’s manual for specifics to your vehicle. Rotating your tires helps to ensure they wear evenly, which will extend their lifespan, improve your fuel economy, and enhance your handling’s responsiveness on Stratford streets. Read on to learn the different tire rotation patterns to perform depending on your drivetrain. Then, explore our service specials and reach out to our tire centre for help!

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

On a front-wheel drive vehicle, your engine only sends torque to the front wheels, meaning they propel the vehicle down Cornwall streets and steer it. On an RWD vehicle, your rear wheels do the heavy lifting. Because certain sets of wheels are doing more work than others on these two drivetrains, you find that the front tires on a FWD model wear out faster than the rear ones. On an RWD model, the rear tires wear out faster. Thus, these drivetrains require different types of tire rotation patterns. See how those patterns differ below:

  • FWD: If your vehicle has this drivetrain, move the rear right tire to the front left position, and the rear left tire to the front right position. However, when you move the front tires back, they can stay on their original sides.
  • RWD: With RWD, invert the process above, flipping sides when you move the front tires back, and keeping the rear tires on their original sides when you move them forward.

AWD Tire Rotation Tips

How often should you rotate your tires if you drive an all-wheel drive model? How many miles to rotate your tires depends on many factors, including what kind of terrain you drive on, and whether you frequently off-road, but most experts agree on the figure for when to rotate tires on an AWD model: 5,000 to 8,000 km. On an AWD model, all of your tires will wear unevenly and there’s no correct pattern for balancing that tread wear out. You’ll want to have a professional perform your rotation.

Reach Out to Our Service Centre for Help Near PEI

Now that you know how often you should rotate your tires and how many miles you can drive before you need to rotate your tires, if you’d like professional help when it’s time to rotate your tires, call our garage at 833-914-1496. We can perform this service efficiently and affordably. If you have other questions about car care, take a moment to explore our service tips for information about how long car brakes last and more!

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