How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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For most vehicles, a good baseline is to make sure tires are rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. While this is a solid starting point, there are a number of factors that determine your personal needs; an owner’s manual should always be consulted for exact figures on your vehicle. At First Acura, your Providence-area trusted service center, we’ve created a guide with some simple tips to keep in mind once you decide to rotate your tires.

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

Because front-wheel and rear-wheel vehicles distribute engine power differently, they require separate rotation needs. Either way, the tires receiving the bulk of the engine power wear more quickly than the others. While the front-wheel tires in a FWD vehicle bear more of the stress of the road than the back-wheel tires, the opposite is true in a RWD vehicle. Should you drive a FWD or RWD vehicle, keep these tire rotation tips in mind:

  • Tire rotation needs to be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles for both FWD and RWD vehicles. Again, be sure to consult your owner’s manual for exact figures.
  • It’s important to keep in mind how you drive will affect how often you need to rotate your tires. If you off-road or regularly tow heavy loads, speak with the service experts at First Acura to get a better idea when to get car maintenance.
  • When performing a FWD tire rotation yourself, make sure to flip sides when moving the rear tires. For example, the rear right tire will go on the front left. However, when moving the front tires to the back, keep them on the same side.
  • You’ll need to invert the process above for a RWD car: Flip the tires’ sides when moving the front tires to the back, but keep the rear tires on the same side when moving them forward.

Tire Rotation Tips for AWD Vehicles

Wondering how many miles to rotate tires on an AWD model? The current timeline set by experts puts the intervals at 3,000 to 5,000 miles. AWD vehicles need more frequent rotations because these vehicles work slightly differently. With AWD, each tire wears differently, and at different speeds. Remember, though, to always check your owner’s manual for exact numbers for your specific vehicle.

Why Rotate Tires?

Along with extending the lifespan of your tires, regular tire rotations provide other benefits including:

  • Less noise on the road
  • Better gas mileage
  • Improved traction on slippery roads and other hazardous conditions
  • Relieves unnecessary stress on the drivetrain

Get Tire Advice From First Acura

If you’re not sure of the last time your vehicle had its tires rotated, our professionals in Seekonk can inspect and rotate them in no time. You can even learn more about Acura A1 serviceAcura B1 and B2 service, as well as how often to change your oil or how to check coolant levels. And with our accelerated service, we can provide a whole set of well-choreographed inspections and tasks to have you safely back on the roads in Warwick in thirty minutes or less. Don’t forget to check our First Acura service specials for savings on your maintenance needs!

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