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!

One of the first questions you’ll need to be able to answer is: “How often should you rotate your tires?” The answer could vary depending 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, so make sure to consult your 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 varies by more than 2/32 of an inch.

When to Rotate Tires: AWD vs. FWD

When you’re determining how many miles you’ll go in between rotations, there are a few factors that you should 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, you’ll want to increase the frequency of your regular tire rotations in order 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 own 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?

Your tires are the only thing standing between your vehicle and the road below, and caring for 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’ll eventually need to be replaced. When that time comes, you can get new tires for a great price at the Mossy Toyota tire center.

Service Your Vehicle at Mossy Toyota

The experts at Mossy Toyota are prepared to provide just about any kind of service that you could require, and if you’ve been meaning to make an appointment, you can 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 today with any service-related questions like what’s included in the Toyota 30,000-Mile service, how to check your transmission fluid, or important safety information like 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!

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