How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

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.

Learn more about YourMechanic's tire rotation service.


Next Step

Schedule Tire Rotation

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Tire Rotation. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Tire Rotation reviews

Excellent Rating

(1,055)

Rating Summary
1,010
23
9
5
8
1,010
23
9
5
8

Pardeep

21 years of experience
1068 reviews
Pardeep
21 years of experience
Honda Civic L4-1.8L - Tire Rotation - San Jose, California
Pardeep was on time for the appt, actually early, and finished quickly and efficiently. Thank you very much.
Toyota Prius - Tire Rotation - Fremont, California
Mr. Singh was on time, gave good advice and did the services very well. By the way, this is the third time I have my car serviced by him.

Jermaine

24 years of experience
244 reviews
Jermaine
24 years of experience
Toyota Corolla L4-1.8L - Tire Rotation - College Park, Maryland
Jermaine has been very timely with all his service visits, including this one. It's awesome to be able to trust someone to come home and work on my car.
Volvo 244 - Tire Rotation - Washington, District of Columbia
Jermaine is very professional and very respectful. He rotated the tires and changed the oil. He also gave me suggestions on what else I needed to have checked out on my car..

Jeffrey

16 years of experience
99 reviews
Jeffrey
16 years of experience
Honda Accord L4-2.2L - Tire Rotation - Saint Petersburg, Florida
Jeffrey arrived when he said he would and was very efficient and neat. I asked for some advice about gasoline additives and he was most helpful.

Rodney

36 years of experience
541 reviews
Rodney
36 years of experience
Nissan Xterra V6-4.0L - Tire Rotation - Sacramento, California
Rodney was prompt, professional, friendly, and very knowledgeable. I am always curious about learning how cars work and he was patient and open to answering my questions. Additionally, he provided educational insight and tips about the services he performed on my car.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

Understanding the Porsche Indicator-Based System and Service Indicator Lights
Car symbols, or dashboard lights, are a car service reminder. The Porsche Indicator-Based Service system tells you when your car needs service.
Signs You Need New Car Tires
Car tires can leak, wear unevenly, and lose contact with the road, all of which make driving unsafe. Rotate your car tires and inspect them regularly.
How to Tighten Lug Nuts
Lug nuts, or wheel locks, hold the wheel onto the car. Missing lug nuts can cause the car to wobble so it's important to keep lug nuts tight.

Related questions

What should I know about checking tire pressure?
The amount of air in your car’s tires is more important than you might realize. It can affect everything from the life of your tires to how your car handles on the road, your fuel economy and much more. It’s...
Noise from driver's side tire.
Hello, Locating and diagnosing a noise is a hands on operation. You will need the aid of mechanic (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/car-is-making-a-noise-inspection), such as one from YourMechanic, in this case since there are too many variable to make a recommendation.
Wheels locked up
Hi. There are many possibilities to why the wheels may be locked up, which include, brakes, bearings, transmission, etc. You may want to enlist the help of a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, who can not only diagnose why the...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com