How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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How often should you rotate your tires? If it’s been a long time since you visited the service center at Alfa Romeo of Glendale, you may be wondering when to rotate tires. According to most automotive experts, a tire rotation is recommended every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. While this interval should be good for most makes and models, you may still want to check your owner’s manual. There could be different recommendations from the manufacturer that should be followed. Still curious when to rotate tires? Alfa Romeo of Glendale is happy to provide this helpful guide.


Tire Rotations: FWD and RWD Vehicles

The drivetrain of your vehicle determines where power from the engine is sent. If you have a front-wheel drive car, the power is sent to the front wheels. The opposite is true for rear-wheel drive automobiles. Because one set of tires receives the bulk of the engine power, those tires will wear down more rapidly than the other set. This is why having a tire rotation done is necessary. When tires wear unevenly, they will need to be replaced more often, costing you more money. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to tire rotations for FWD and RWD vehicles:

  • For either of these drivetrains, the tire rotation should be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Be sure to take a look at your owner’s manual to see if there are different suggestions from the automaker. 
  • If you are performing a tire rotation on a FWD vehicle, you will need to switch sides when moving the rear tires. An example of this would be that the rear right tire will now become the front left tire. When you move the front tires to the back, they should remain on the same side.
  • If you have a RWD car, you should reverse the process explained above. Change sides as you move the front tires to the back, but keep the rear tires on the same side when moving them forward.
  • Your driving habits could play a role in how often a tire rotation should be performed. For example, if you do a lot of off-roading, this service may need to be performed more often. Talk to the team at Alfa Romeo of Glendale. We can help create a tire rotation schedule that matches your driving habits. 

Tire Rotation Tips for AWD Vehicles 

You may also be wondering how many miles to rotate tires on an AWD vehicle. A car with this drivetrain will need to have the tires rotated more often because each tire wears differently and at different speeds. According to a majority of automotive experts, it is best to have your tires rotated every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Once again, it is important to look at your owner’s manual to see what the manufacturer has to say.

Why is a Tire Rotation Necessary?

The main benefit of having a tire rotation is that it prolongs the life of your tires, so you do not need to replace them as often. However, that is not the only reason to make sure you keep up with this maintenance task. Other benefits include:

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

If you want to be prepared for any road condition you encounter as you travel through Los Angeles and Pasadena, keep tire rotations as part of your maintenance plan. Even tires that are properly maintained will eventually need to be replaced. If you think you may be in need of new tires, our service department would be glad to inspect your tires and help recommend a replacement set if necessary. 

Learn More About Tire Care with Alfa Romeo of Glendale

If you have additional questions about tire care, do not hesitate to contact us at Alfa Romeo of Glendale near Burbank. We would be happy to discuss vehicle maintenance and care. 

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