How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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It’s recommended you should rotate your vehicle’s tires every 5,000-7,000 miles. And while this is a good rule of thumb, it’s best to check the owner’s manual for the exact mileage. You’ll also want to take into consideration your driving habits. This might lead to having the tires rotated more often. Read through this simple guide from the folks at Luther Mazda of Lee's Summit, your Kansas City-area trusted service center to learn more about tire rotations!

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

The designations of front-wheel and rear-wheel drive simply mean where power from the engine is sent. For a front-wheel drive car, it is sent to the front tires, while in a rear-wheel drive car it is sent to the rear tires. This means the set of tires getting the bulk of the engine power will wear faster than the others. No matter whether you drive a FWD or RWD Mazda model, keep these tips in mind when attempting to rotate your tires at home:

  • If you’re performing a FWD tire rotation, 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.
  • When rotating tires on a RWD car, note that it’s opposite of the above process. Flip sides when moving the front tires to the back, but keep the rear tires on the same side when moving them forward.
  • Your driving habits will also affect how often you need to rotate your tires. Check your owner’s manual for more exact mileage markers as well as to get a better idea of the maintenance schedule of your model.

AWD Tire Rotation Tips

AWD vehicles work slightly different than FWD or RWD vehicles. These tires will wear differently and more rapidly as each one is engaged. Most experts set the standard timeline at 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Tires usually require a rotation once the tread depth is 2/32 of an inch or less. If you can’t remember the last time you’ve had your vehicle’s tires rotated, don’t hesitate to contact us at Luther Mazda of Lee's Summit to schedule a service appointment at our service center. We’ll perform an inspection as well as the tire rotation needed to help you keep your model running smoothly on Raytown roads.

Get Your Tire Advice From Luther Mazda of Lee's Summit

If it’s time to bring your Mazda in for a tire rotation, you want to change your spark plugs, learn how much an oil change costs, how to jump start a car, check out the Mazda CX-9 towing capacity, Mazda6 configurations, or you want to know who makes Mazda, contact us at Luther Mazda of Lee's Summit! Also, be sure to look at our service specials to help you save on your vehicle’s recommended maintenance. Not sure of your Mazda maintenance schedule? We can help with that, too!