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How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Whether you own or lease your vehicle, it’s important to take care of scheduled maintenance tasks whenever they’re required by the manufacturer. So, how often should you rotate your tires? Much like your regular oil change, tire rotation should be secured once every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, depending on the vehicle you drive, and how you drive it.

Explore the factors that affect how many miles to rotate tires with Reeves Volkswagen, your trusted source for service near Wesley Chapel.

When to Rotate Tires: FWD and RWD

Before we can tell you exactly when to rotate your tires, it’s important to point out the different types of drivetrains place different levels of strain on your vehicle’s wheels and tires! The 5,000 to 7,500-mile guideline is best applied to models with front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive.

Here are some things to keep in mind before you schedule or perform your next rotation at home:

  • When it comes to vehicle service, consulting your owner’s manual is never a bad idea. Your manufacturer may have made some recommendations for your model.
  • When you rotate tires on a FWD vehicle, you’ll flip the rear tires from side-to-side when you move them to the front end of the vehicle. When you move the front tires to the back, keep them on the same sides that they were on.
  • Of course, the inverse is true for a RWD vehicle. Flip the sides of the front tires as you move them to the rear. Don’t switch sides with the rear tires when you bring them to the front.

It’s important to remember that the way you drive can impact how many miles you can go between rotations. If you frequently go off-road, engage in heavy towing, or tend to take corners on two wheels (so to speak), you’ll benefit from more frequent tire rotations.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Wheel

When to Rotate Tires: AWD and 4WD

All-wheel drive and four-wheel drive vehicles generally need to have their tires rotated more often. When determining your tire rotation frequency, 3,000-5,000 miles is generally a good guideline for these vehicles. However, since no two AWD or 4WD systems are exactly alike, it’s a good idea to check your owner’s manual for a more precise recommendation and the proper rotation pattern.

Why Rotate Tires?

Most drivers realize that regular tire rotation can help to extend the lifespan of their tires. This much is certainly true, but it’s not the only benefit associated with this important service task. You’ll also enjoy:

  • Improved traction on the roads near Brandon and Clearwater.
  • Less noise reaching the cabin, even at high speeds.
  • A reduction in stress on the drivetrain, since your tires will absorb more vibrations.

Still not sure when you should rotate or replace tires? If you’re not sure when your last service appointment took place, you can always check the tread depth to see where you’re at! If the depth of your treads is less than 2/32 of an inch on one or more tires, you’ll want to visit our Tampa tire center as soon as you can.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI deep black Pearl

Reeves Volkswagen Is Your Trusted Source for Service!

For more information on our services, or to ask questions about your appointment, you’ll want to contact our service team, today! You can also schedule service online with just a few simple steps. Interested in saving money when you bring your vehicle in for rotation? Get our current VW oil change price and check out our rotating VW service coupons before you stop in:

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11337 N Florida Ave
Tampa, FL, 33612 United States
(813) 499-2247
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