How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?


While every vehicle has different needs, the easy answer is that you should rotate your tires every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. We don’t have to tell Buford drivers that road conditions vary and have vastly different effects on wear and tear, especially on tires. This is why it’s a smart idea to consult your owner’s manual for manufacturer recommendations and consult with experts, like those at our service center, to best maintain your vehicle. You can also simply set up an appointment with us in Cumming to have your tires rotated professionally after you check out our step-by-step guide on how to perform this service.

Why Should You Rotate Your Tires?

First, let’s go over some of the reasons proper vehicle maintenance includes tire rotation. While extending the life of your tires is cost-effective, especially around Alpharetta, there are plenty of additional benefits of routine tire rotation:

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

To be better prepared for hazardous weather around Johns Creek, keep tire rotations as part of your maintenance plan. Even the best-maintained tires will need to eventually be replaced. If you need replacement tires, our team would be glad to help you figure out exactly what your vehicle needs. Also, check out our parts tips and tricks for more easy ways to make your Cumming drive worry-free. 

How and When to Rotate Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

Because front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive vehicles send engine power to the front and back respectively, the tires do not wear evenly. In either case, the tires receiving the bulk of the engine power wear down the most. For those who have a FWD or RWD vehicle, it is important to keep the tips provided below in mind. 

  • If you have a FWD or RWD car, tire rotation needs to be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. If your owner’s manual has different suggested intervals, follow the automaker’s recommendations.
  • If you decide to perform a FWD tire rotation at home, you will need 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.
  • If you have to rotate tires on a RWD car, you will need to reverse the steps above. Flip sides when moving the front tires to the back, but keep the rear tires on the same side when moving them forward.
  • If you do a lot of off-road driving or drive in harsh conditions around Buford, you may need to have the tires rotated on your vehicle more often. 

How Many Miles to Rotate Tires on AWD Vehicles

With an all-wheel drive vehicle, each tire wears differently, and at different speeds. That is why tire rotations should be performed more often, at approximately 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Again, it’s always good to consult your owner’s manual for your particular model. If you do not know the last time your vehicle had a tire rotation or any other maintenance, stop by our service center and check out our service specials to help you save while you keep your vehicle road-ready. Our factory-trained professionals will perform an inspection to see if you’re due for a rotation. A good rule of thumb is that tires usually require a rotation once the tread variance exceeds 2/32 of an inch.

Get Your Tire Advice From Beaver Toyota of Cumming

For any information regarding tire care, contact us today. Our highly skilled technicians who use Acura certified parts would be delighted to answer all of your vehicle maintenance questions. We want to help you keep your vehicle in pristine condition for all your Johns Creek-area drives for many years to come. 

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