How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

If you’d like to get the best possible performance from your vehicle, practicing proper tire care is essential. If you’re not sure where to start, the experts at our San Diego service center are here to help answer questions like how often to rotate tires!

One of the first questions you’ll need to be able to answer is: “How often to rotate tires?” The answer varies based on what kind of drivetrain your vehicle employs, and on how you drive around the Chula Vista area, but in general, you’ll want to go about 5,000-7,500 miles in between rotations.

All vehicles are different, which is why it’s best to refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual or reach out to an expert before you finalize your maintenance schedule. Even if you haven’t reached your interval, your tires should be rotated if your tread depth is less than 2/32 of an inch.

How Often to Rotate Tires: AWD vs. FWD

When you’re determining how often to rotate tires, there are a few factors to consider, no matter what kind of vehicle you drive. For starters, if you frequently tow heavy cargo, drive over rough terrain, traverse roads with many potholes, or engage in off-road adventures, the tire rotation frequency should increase to account for the additional wear and tear.

Of course, you’ll also want to consider your vehicle’s drivetrain. Front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive vehicles all wear down their tires in different ways, and since all-wheel drive vehicles direct power to all four wheels, they tend to require more frequent tire rotation. In most cases, an interval of roughly 3,000-5,000 miles is more appropriate. If you’d like to perform your next tire rotation at home, you should also note that each type of drivetrain requires its rotation pattern:

  • Front-Wheel Drive: Move your front tires to the rear of the vehicle. When you move your rear tires to the front of the vehicle, flip them so that they end up on opposite sides.
  • Rear-Wheel Drive: Invert the operation. Move your rear tires to the front of the vehicle, and when you move your front tires to the rear, make sure they end up on the side opposite to that which they started on.
  • All-Wheel Drive: With an all-wheel drive vehicle, it’s often a good idea to move both sets of tires in the diagonal pattern described above. However, all-wheel drive systems can vary widely with one another, so it’s important to consult your owner’s manual or check with an expert before you decide to rotate your tires at home.

Is Tire Rotation Necessary?

When drivers ask how often to rotate tires, they also wonder if rotating tires is necessary. Your tires are the only thing standing between your vehicle and the road below, and taking care of these essential components is one of the most important things you can do for your vehicle. The process is no less important than getting regular oil changes or listening to your brakes! Here are just a few of the reasons that regular tire rotation is so crucial:

  • Improved tire lifespan
  • Improved traction
  • Improved fuel economy
  • Reduced noise and shake
  • Reduced wear on the drivetrain

Of course, no matter how well you treat your tires, they will need to get replaced. When that time comes, you can get new tires for an excellent price at the Mossy Toyota tire center.

Service Your Vehicle at Mossy Toyota

The experts at Mossy Toyota are here to offer a variety of services, so schedule your visit today. Drivers from as far out as Del Mar and Carlsbad know that there are plenty of reasons to come to us, and when you take advantage of our rotating Toyota service coupons, it’s easy to save big. Contact us for more details about how often to rotate tires or to see what’s included in the Toyota 30,000-Mile service, to learn how to check your transmission fluid, or how the Pre-Collision System works. While you’re visiting us, be sure to see our recommendations for the best Mexican restaurants in San Diego that you need to try out!

Service Specials From Mossy Toyota

Mossy Toyota - 5K Service Special


  • Replace Engine Oil (Up to 5qts Non-Synthetic)
  • Install Genuine Toyota Oil Filter
  • Replace Drain Plug Gasket
  • Rotate Tires, Adjust Pressure
  • Complete Multi-Point Inspection
  • Inspect & Top Off All Under Hood Fluids
  • Reset Maintenance Light

Must present when service order is written. One coupon per customer. May not be combined with other offers. Not applicable to prior purchases. Some models may be higher. Toyota vehicles only.

EXPIRES: 07/31/2020
Mossy Toyota - Brake Service Special

10% off

Any Brake Service


Installation required. Must present offer when order is written, not valid with any other offer. Offer has no cash value. Parking brake shoes are additional. Rotor resurfacing extra. Toyota and Scion vehicles only.

EXPIRES: 07/31/2020
Conventional Lube, Oil & Filter Change

$44.95 +tax

Oil Change
  • Replace Engine Oil Up to 5 qts
  • Replace Oil Filter with Genuine Toyota Filter
  • Top Off All Fluids
  • 21 Point Inspection
  • (Synthetic/V6/V8 Extra)

Synthetic oil additional. Toyotas only. Some models slightly higher. Excluded Scion. Valid at Mossy Toyota. Must present coupon during write up. Not valid with other coupons/offers. Not valid on previous purchases.

EXPIRES: 07/31/2020
Mossy Toyota - AC Cabin Filter Replacement


Cabin Filter
  • Replace AC Cabin Filter With Genuine Toyota Cabin Filter

Toyotas only. Some models slightly higher. Excludes Scion. Valid at Mossy Toyota. Must present coupon during write-up. Not valid with other coupon/offer. Not valid on previous purchases.

EXPIRES: 07/31/2020

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