At Baierl Tires, we often have drivers across Pittsburgh, Wexford, and Cranberry Township asking us, “How often do I need to rotate my tires?” It’s an important question to answer if you want to keep your tires in tip-top condition.
Generally, you’ll want to rotate your tires once every 5,000 to 7,500 miles to keep tire wear even. You can learn more about factors affecting tire wear by reading on below. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Baierl Tires for more information!
When Should I Rotate My Tires?
The general recommended range of 5,000 to 7,500 miles for every tire change makes it easy to have one performed each time you schedule an oil change (typically, every six months or 6,000 miles). However, you should always check the maintenance schedule for your car, usually found in your owner’s manual, as this will give you the precise figures for your vehicle.
The rate at which your tires wear out depends on your type of drivetrain, so this another important piece of information to keep in mind. There’s also the type of tire rotation pattern you’ll want to configure for your vehicle, which is a whole other factor you’ll want to consider. We’ll give you the lowdown below!
How Drivetrains Affect Tire Wear
Did you know the tires on your front-wheel drive (FWD) midsize car may wear more unevenly than those on your rear-wheel drive (RWD) truck? In FWD cars, the front tires bear the brunt of the burden, delivering power to the road and steering the vehicle. They’ll wear down much quicker than the rear tires.
In RWD cars, there’s a greater division of labor. The front tires do the steering while the rear ones deliver power to the pavement. This ensures more balanced wear, but the differences in functions still produce different wear patterns, so rotating the tires is always a good idea.
What about all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD)? If you’re driving a Subaru Forester or Jeep 4×4, you’ll want to be diligent about your tire rotations as uneven tires in these sorts of cars can place an unnecessary strain on the drivetrain.
Why Should I Rotate My Tires?
Like any other part in your car from your brake pads to your engine, you want to get the most value from your tires as possible. By rotating them regularly, you’ll ensure that they wear evenly. Besides extending the life of your tires, this provides even more benefits when it comes to driving.
First and foremost, tire rotations can give you more balanced handling. When your front tires wear down more quickly than the rear ones—or the left side quicker than the right—you may find it more difficult to control your vehicle or bring it to a stop when you need to.
Schedule Your Next Tire Rotation
Now that you know how often to rotate your tires, you’ll be well prepared to meet all the proper service intervals.
Has it been a while since your last tire rotation? If those treads are looking uneven, it’s time to schedule your next one here at Baierl Tires. We’ll have your tires adjusted in no time at all so that you can get back to the roads of Pittsburgh, Wexford, and Cranberry Township!