How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?


How often should you rotate your tires? The old standby rule when to rotate tires was every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Though this is a good starting point, you’ll want to check your owner’s manual for more exact recommendations. Still curious when to rotate tires? Read through this simple guide from your trusted Beaverton-area service center at Dick's Hillsboro Honda.

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles


The designations of front-wheel and rear-wheel drive simply refer to where the engine sends its power. A front-wheel drive car will get engine power sent to the front tires, while in a rear-wheel drive car it’s sent to the rear tires. This power distribution means that the tires getting the majority of the power will wear faster. Should you drive a FWD or RWD vehicle, keep these tire rotation tips in mind:

  • When it comes to FWD or RWD cars, tire rotation should be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Consult your owner’s manual for exact figures.
  • If you’re planning to perform 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. This, however, doesn’t apply to front tires that are moving to the back. Keep those on the same side.
  • When rotating tires on an RWD car, invert the process above. Flip sides when moving the front tires to the back, but keep the rear tires on the same side when moving them forward.
  • Keep in mind how you drive. Off-roading, for example, will affect how often you need to rotate your tires. Talk with the service experts at Dick's Hillsboro Honda to get a better idea of a maintenance schedule that fits your driving habits.

AWD Tire Rotation Tips

Curious how many miles to rotate tires on an AWD model? These vehicles work slightly differently since each tire wears differently and at different speeds, but general expert recommendations are every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. While these mileage markers are a good guideline, you should check your owner’s manual for exact numbers for your specific vehicle. If you’re not sure the last time your vehicle had a tire rotation, don’t hesitate to schedule service at Dick's Hillsboro Honda. We’ll perform an inspection to see if you’re due for a rotation. Tires usually require a rotation once the tread variance exceeds 2/32 of an inch.

Why Rotate Tires?

While it is well-known that a tire rotation extends the life of your tires, regular tire rotations also provide you and your vehicle additional benefits:

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

To be better prepared for the challenging weather around Tigard, keep tire rotations as part of your maintenance plan.

Get Your Tire Advice from Dick's Hillsboro Honda

For any information regarding tire care and vehicle maintenance, contact us today at Dick's Hillsboro Honda. Our certified technicians are always standing by to help answer your questions and solve your problems.

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