How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

October 17th, 2018 by

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Most tires should be rotated every 5,000-7,500 miles, but this can vary depending on your tires, your vehicle, driving habits, and road conditions. Consult your owner’s manual for model-specific details, and learn more about tire rotation below from your Glennallen-area service center at Nissan of Richmond.

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Tire Rotation on FWD vs. RWD Vehicles

Since front-wheel drive vehicles and rear-wheel drive vehicles are designed to send power to different sets of wheels, the wear on the tires will be different.  The front tires wear out faster on front-wheel drive vehicles, whereas the back tires wear out faster on rear-wheel drive vehicles. Here are a few things to note about tire rotation if you own an FWD or RWD vehicle in Mechanicsville:

  • Rotate tires every 5,000-7,500 miles, or the number of miles indicated in the owner’s manual
  • Adjust your tire rotation frequency according to your specific driving conditions–for example, if you drive on rougher roads, or drive more than the average person every day.
  • Your local dealer can help you customize a tire rotation plan according to your habits and needs.
  • If you rotate your FWD tires yourself: the front tires can be moved to the back of the car in the same left/right positions, but when you move the rear tires to the front, you must switch the right and left tire.
  • If you rotate your RWD tires, the opposite is true: the rear tires can be moved to the front of the car in the same left/right positions, but when you move the front tires to the rear, you must switch the right and left tire.

Tire Rotation Tips for AWD Vehicles

Since all-wheel drive vehicle tires wear out differently, they will need to be rotated on a different schedule. Most recommendations are at the 3,000-5,000 mile mark, but you can always consult your owner’s manual or contact your dealer if you any questions. Another tip is to check that the tire tread depth is over 2/32nds of an inch.

Why Do I Need to Rotate My Tires?

There are a number of benefits that Henrico drivers will experience from rotating your tires regularly:

  • Extended tire life
  • Less stress on the drivetrain
  • Quieted road noise
  • Better traction for slippery roads and cornering

Fill Your Tire Needs at Nissan of Richmond

When your tires have been rotated and are finally ready to be replaced, it’s best to do it at your local Richmond dealership, with high-quality parts and trained technicians. Stop in today if you have any more questions, or schedule service now and get your tires road-ready before you hit the town to check out the newest Richmond breweries and restaurants. And look to our service center for other vehicle maintenance like car battery replacement and oil change services.

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