How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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How often should you rotate your tires? For most vehicles, the common knowledge for when to rotate tires dictates they’re rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. While this is a solid starting point, your owner’s manual should always be consulted for exact figures on your vehicle. Want to learn more about how and when to rotate tires? Read through this simple guide from the folks at Mercedes-Benz of North Olmsted, your Cleveland-area trusted service center.

How to Rotate Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

Tire rotations differ for front-wheel and rear-wheel vehicles, as the engine power is distributed differently. In front-wheel drive vehicles, engine power is directed to the front tires, while in a rear-wheel drive car it’s diverted to the rear wheels. This power distribution means the set of tires getting the bulk of the engine power will wear faster than the others. 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 drive cars. Again, be sure to consult your owner’s manual for exact figures.
  • Using the above as guidelines, 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 Mercedes-Benz of North Olmsted to get a better idea of a maintenance schedule that fits your driving habits.
  • 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 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
  • Improved traction on slippery roads
  • Relieves unnecessary stress on the drivetrain

If it comes time to replace your tires, the Mercedes-Benz of North Olmsted tire center can help you find an appropriate pair for your vehicle and driving habits.

Get Your Tire Advice From Mercedes-Benz of North Olmsted

Not sure of the last time your vehicle had a tire rotation performed?  Don’t hesitate to schedule service at the Mercedes-Benz of North Olmsted service center. We’ll perform an inspection to see if you’re due for a rotation, which is usually recommended once the tread variance exceeds 2/32 of an inch. Don’t forget to check our service specials for savings on your maintenance needs, or reach out for other service questions like why your steering wheel shakes or how to replace your Mercedes-Benz key fob battery!

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