How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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Don’t let worn tires ruin your smooth drives around Vineland. You may know that rotating your tires can maximize their lifespan, but you may be less sure about when to make an appointment for this service. So, how many miles to rotate the tires on your vehicle? It’s often recommended that drivers schedule a rotation every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, but the proper interval will vary depending on your vehicle type and driving habits. 

Read on with the trusted team at the Volkswagen of Salem County service center for more about how often you should rotate your tires, and how to perform a tire rotation at home in Millville!

Tips for Rotating FWD and RWD Tires

Where the power from your engine is sent depends on your drivetrain configuration. If your vehicle has front-wheel drive, power from the engine is sent exclusively to the front tires—while rear-wheel drive vehicles receive power only in the rear axle. The wheels getting the engine power will wear out faster, and tire rotation is necessary to prevent uneven wear between tires. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Wondering when to rotate tires for FWD or RWD cars? The correct interval typically falls somewhere between every 5,000 to every 7,500 miles. See your model’s recommended maintenance schedule by checking the owner’s manual. 
  • When performing a FWD tire rotation at home, you’re going to move the front tires straight to the back. However, as you move the rear tires forward, they’re going to switch sides. So, the rear left tire becomes the front right tire, and so on.
  • Similarly, rotate RWD tires by bringing the rear tires straight to the front, while the front tires will move to the back and swap sides. 
  • If you love the off-road trails around Washington Township, you’ll likely need to rotate your tires more often. Stay on top of how many miles to rotate tires based on your driving habits with the service team at Volkswagen of Salem County.

Tips for Rotating AWD Tires

Since all-wheel drive vehicles send power to all four wheels, their tires will wear differently—and require a different rotation frequency and pattern—from FWD or RWD models. When to rotate tires on an AWD varies by vehicle, but the general schedule is every 3,000 to 5,000 miles if you use AWD regularly. Here’s how AWD rotations work:

  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.

Better understand the process by drawing a simple diagram using color-coded arrows. If you prefer to leave your rotations up to the professionals, you can easily schedule your tire service online.

Importance of Tire Rotation

Now that you have a better idea of how often you should rotate your tires, let’s look at why you should even rotate them in the first place. On top of extending their lifespan, regular tire service brings advantages, including:

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

Questioning how many miles to rotate tires is the first step. Be prepared for uneven roads and hazardous weather around Monroeville and stay on top of your tire maintenance plan. If you’re ready to start off with a fresh set of tires, our tire center can help you out!

Schedule Your Next Tire Service with Volkswagen of Salem County!

If you have any questions about when to rotate your tires or other car-care queries about your Volkswagen model, don’t hesitate to contact us today! When it’s time for your vehicle maintenance, be sure to take advantage of our service specials and save on reliable service with our certified technicians.

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