How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?


Not sure when to rotate tires on your vehicle? The current recommendations fall between every 5,000 to 7,500 mile intervals. While this can serve as a starting point, exact recommendations can vary depending on your vehicle and driving habits. Read over our guide to tire rotations and then reach out to our West Chester service center to answer any additional questions and concerns you may have.

Tire Rotation Tips: FWD and RWD Vehicles

Whether you drive a front-wheel or rear-wheel drive will impact how your tire rotations are performed. For a front-wheel drive car, engine power is sent to the front tires, while in a rear-wheel drive car the power is dispersed to the rear tires. This means the set of tires getting the bulk of the engine power will wear faster than the others. Should you drive a FWD or RWD vehicle, keep these tire rotation tips in mind:

  • Tire rotations for FWD or RWD vehicles need to be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Consult your owner’s manual for exact figures.
  • If you’re taking a DIY approach for your FWD tire rotation, 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.
  • To perform a RWD tire rotation, 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.

Tire Rotation Tips: AWD

Wondering how many miles to rotate tires on an AWD model? The standard timeline is around 3,000 to 5,000 miles, Keep in mind though, to always check your owner’s manual for exact numbers for your specific vehicle. These intervals can also differ as each tire wears differently, and at different speeds, on AWD vehicles. If you can’t remember the last time you performed a tire rotation, don’t hesitate to schedule service at Mercedes-Benz of West Chester. 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.

Benefits to Performing Regular Tire Rotations

While regular tire rotations extend the life of your tires, there are other benefits to keeping up with regular tire rotations, such as:

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

Remember that even with proper care, your tires won’t last forever. If you’re in need of replacement, our tire center can help you out!

Care for Your Tires With Mercedes-Benz of West Chester

For any information regarding tire care, oil service, and more reach out to Mercedes-Benz of West Chester. We can help you with rotations, repairs, and even find you a brand-new set! If you experience any other service issues, like if your car shakes when braking or your timing belt needs repairs, our dedicated service team is here to assist.

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