How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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How often should you rotate your tires? Many Peoria drivers get a tire rotation with their routine oil changes, at every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. However, there are a number of factors that influence when to rotate tires on your car. Your owner’s manual is a good place to start for specific guidelines, but keep the following tips in mind before scheduling your next tire rotation at our service center.

Tire Rotations: Front-Wheel and Rear-Wheel Drive

East Peoria drivers with vehicles that have either front-wheel or rear-wheel drive should complete a tire rotation at 7,500-mile intervals at the latest. Your driving style also influences this interval, as do off-roading and weather conditions. You can always connect with the service experts at Mike Murphy Ford for advice on a maintenance schedule that matches how you drive. Take the time to check your tire tread depth, too, for an idea of when tire rotations are necessary.

Handy Pekin-area drivers who prefer to perform at-home tire rotations, keep the following in mind.

  • FWD Models
    • Rear right tire goes to the front left.
    • Rear left tire goes to the front right.
    • Keep front tires on the same side when moving to the rear.
  • RWD Models
    • Front right tire goes to the back left.
    • Front left tire goes to the back right.
    • Keep rear tires on the same side when moving them to the front.

Tire Rotations: All-Wheel Drive

Wondering if there’s a rule of thumb on how many miles to rotate tires on vehicles with all-wheel drive? Experts recommend tire rotations between 3,000 and 5,000 miles, which is much more frequently than FWD and RWD models. Of course, your owner’s manual will have the most accurate information. Don’t hesitate to schedule an inspection with us, either, to determine if you’re due for a rotation.

Importance of Tire Rotations

Everyone stresses the importance of tire rotations, but what do they really do for your vehicle? They extend the life of your tires, for one, but they also:

  • Improve traction on slippery roads
  • Relieve unnecessary stress on the drivetrain
  • Reduce noise on the Washington roads

Seek Tire Care Advice at Mike Murphy Ford!

The team at Mike Murphy Ford is happy to assist you with all things tire care, whether that’s performing service or answering questions. Before you stop by for an appointment, check out our service specials to find out how you can save! Need more auto service advice? Consult our online service information center, where you can find trusted tips about auto repair financing, the importance of oil changes, and more.

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