Throughout its lifetime, your front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicle is going to need a variety of routine maintenance services to keep it in its best condition possible. One of these services is regular tire rotations.
On this page, our team at Baierl Tires will give you a run-down on front-wheel-drive tire rotations, how often you should get them, and more. Read ahead to get started!
What is a Front-Wheel-Drive Tire Rotation?
A tire rotation consists of swapping out the tires from the wheel they’re currently on to a different wheel. Where each tire goes depends on the drivetrain you have so as to extend the vitality and quality of all four tires as long as possible. This is because different drivetrains have different impacts on each of the four tires.
A front-wheel-drive tire rotation is relatively simple. The two front tires move directly back, meaning the front-left tire will replace the back-left tire, and the same goes for the right two tires. The back two tires, however, switch sides. The back-left tire will go to the front-right wheel while the back-right tire will go to the front-left wheel.
How Often You Should Rotate Your Tires
As we mentioned, rotating your tires is necessary to keep all four tires on the same wear-out schedule. This means that all four tires are being used the same amount and no one tire is more worn out than the others.
To prevent this from happening, it’s recommended by most manufacturers and auto experts that your front-wheel-drive tire rotation be completed every 7,500 miles. Many people combine this maintenance service with their regular oil change which occurs every six months. To save yourself a trip to the shop, this schedule works perfectly—six months roughly lines up with a 7,500-mile schedule.
Before you commit to this schedule, though, you should check the owner’s manual for your vehicle. Sometimes tire rotation patterns can vary depending on the make and model.
Other Important Tire Maintenance Tips
In-between rotations, there are many things you can do to keep your tires in good condition. Some helpful tips for maintaining your tires between service appointments are as follows:
- Keep an eye on your tire pressure level and be sure to take care of pressure problems early to prevent further damage.
- Do a visual inspection of all four tires before getting behind the wheel to ensure that you aren’t driving on a flat.
- Check the depth of your tire tread regularly. This can be done right in your garage using a penny or a quarter.
- Avoid potholes as much as possible. Even small potholes can wreak havoc on your tires as well as your wheels.
Still Have Questions About Front-Wheel-Drive Tire Rotations?
Our team at Baierl Tires hopes this guide gave you all the information you needed to know about front-wheel-drive tire rotations. If you still have questions or think it may be time for your next tire rotation, give us a call at Baierl Tires today. We’d be happy to set you up with a service appointment!