How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

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How often should you rotate tires?

You should rotate your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. However, each manufacturer has recommended tire rotation intervals listed in their owner’s manual, dependent on the vehicle’s design and purpose. If you are advised that the tires on your vehicle need to be rotated before your recommended interval due to their condition, it would be a good idea to heed the recommendation.

Since this is one of the most common recommended maintenance procedures, there are several other questions commonly asked:

  • What is it all about?
  • Why do I need to perform it?
  • Is it necessary or just a cash grab?

You should be aware of the recommended maintenance your vehicle requires and how often it should be performed. Here's what you need to know about rotating your tires.

Why rotate my tires?

Your tires are a safety system on your vehicle. They maintain traction with the road, which means you can keep your car going in the direction you want it to go. If your tires can’t get good traction, you may begin to skid or slide and end up in an accident or going off the road.

As you drive, your tires wear. In nearly all vehicles, the tires on the primary drive wheels wear predominantly. That means on a front wheel drive car, the front tires wear more. On a rear wheel drive car, it’s the rear tires that wear out more quickly. In order for the tires to wear evenly over the course of their useful lifetime, the tires need to be changed from the front to the back and vice versa.

Common misconceptions about tire rotations

There are several strong positions people have taken about tire rotations. One such position is that tire rotations don’t need to be performed at all. The people who take this position believe that once tires wear out, they should be replaced and continue driving. A similar position takes those newly replaced tires and rotates them so the non-new pair is on the drive wheels.

In both of these positions there are flaws. While the proponents in these cases do save a few dollars in recommended maintenance, there are a couple serious effects. Having pairs of tires with mismatched wear can present traction problems in slippery conditions. Worn tires on the drive wheels will lose traction while the others maintain control. This is a major contributor to spin-outs and loss of driving control.

Benefits of rotating tires

As a recommended maintenance procedure, tire rotations have real benefits:

  • Balanced traction between all four wheels
  • Regular inspections can be performed while wheels are off
  • Even tread-wear puts less strain on all wheel drive and four wheel drive vehicles
  • Improved fuel mileage due to less wheel drag

Have your tires rotated by a professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, every 5,000 to 8,000 miles or as recommended in your owner’s manual for optimum tread life and safe operation. It will save you money over the life of your tires.

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Brian

22 years of experience
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Brian
22 years of experience
Ford Fusion - Tire Rotation - Jacksonville, Florida
This was my second time having Brian do work on my vehicle, and the service was just as great as the first time.
Chevrolet Cruze Limited - Tire Rotation - Jacksonville, Florida
Was a very quick and painless process. Answered every question I had with ease and helped me understand everything

John

26 years of experience
562 reviews
John
26 years of experience
Mercury Mariner - Tire Rotation - Manvel, Texas
Just amazing. Outstanding service, including customer service. Trustworthy. John was the first mechanic with YourMechanic.com who serviced my vehicles. We really missed him while he was unavailable. The other mechanics we used did not compare. Highly recommend. It was also great not having to go to the auto shop during this time of quarantine.
Jeep Wrangler - Tire Rotation - La Marque, Texas
John serviced my Jeep Wrangler, which needed a number of routine maintenance jobs done. He was very efficient and knowledgeable about Jeeps. He took the time to go through all the work that was done. I will definitely be booking future repairs with him.

Matthew

32 years of experience
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Matthew
32 years of experience
Ford Taurus X - Tire Rotation - Norfolk, Virginia
Matthew was precisely on time and very communicative before, during, and after the appointment. He was highly professional and proficient, as well as friendly and personable. Highly skilled and qualified was able to complete the changing of my brake pads in a concise time. Highly pleased with his performance and demeanor.
Saturn SL1 - Tire Rotation - Hampton, Virginia
This is the second time Matt has worked on my vehicle. He is so knowledgeable and very professional. I'm so happy/satisfied with the service.

Jose

8 years of experience
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Jose
8 years of experience
BMW 320i - Tire Rotation - San Francisco, California
Jose was phenomenal -- very kind, courteous, communicative -- he really went above and beyond to give a great experience, and took great care of my car.
Mercedes-Benz C250 - Tire Rotation - San Francisco, California
Showed up early, was able to answer all my questions and concerns to an extent and gave me an idea of where to look for more information. Very knowledgable and professional escpecially during this time with the pandemic.

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