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When Should I Rotate My Tires?

Tire rotation service is recommended every six months or 6,000-8,000 miles.

Your tires will thank you  with a longer lifespan and save you extra cash in the long run. Be sure to check with your automotive professional to see if you require a new set of tires.

Something to keep in mind are staggered wheels/tires. If your vehicle happens to have staggered wheels, your automotive professional is aware of the proper rotation practices. Just for informational purposes, during this process the interchange happens between back left + back right wheel/tire and front left + front right (aka lateral).

How to Rotate Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

Tire rotations differ for front-wheel and rear-wheel vehicles, as the engine power is distributed differently. In front-wheel drive vehicles, engine power is directed to the front tires, while in a rear-wheel drive car it’s diverted to the rear wheels. This power distribution 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 rotation needs to be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles for both FWD and RWD drive cars. Again, be sure to consult your owner’s manual for exact figures.
  • Using the above as guidelines, keep in mind how you drive will affect how often you need to rotate your tires. If you off-road or regularly tow heavy loads, speak with the service experts at Mercedes-Benz of North Olmsted to get a better idea of a maintenance schedule that fits your driving habits.
  • When performing a FWD tire rotation yourself, make sure 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.
  • You’ll need to invert the process above for a RWD car 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 for AWD Vehicles

Wondering how many miles to rotate tires on an AWD model? The current timeline set by experts puts the intervals at 3,000 to 5,000 miles. AWD vehicles need more frequent rotations because these vehicles work slightly differently. With AWD, each tire wears differently, and at different speeds. Remember, though, to always check your owner’s manual for exact numbers for your specific vehicle.

Why Rotate Tires?

Along with extending the lifespan of your tires, regular tire rotations provide other benefits including:

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

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