How Often Should You Rotate Your Car’s Tires?
You should have your tires rotated at every 5,000 to 7,500 mile interval. While this is a good ground rule, you should make sure to check your Dodge, Jeep, RAM, or Chrysler’s owner’s manual for specific maintenance schedule information, and see how your MOPAR warranty coverage might help with maintenance costs.
How and where you drive — such as if you enjoy off-roading or camping adventures — will affect how often you need to rotate your tires. Learn more with this guide from the folks at Clear Lake Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, your Clear Lake-area trusted service center.
Why Is It Important to Rotate Your Tires?
Tire rotation extends the life of your tires by controlling how they wear. In addition to that, regular tire rotations help your Dodge vehicle in less obvious ways:
- Helps give you improved traction on slippery roads
- Makes it so your vehicle produces less noise on the road
- Reduces stress on the drivetrain
To stay ready for hazardous weather around Pearland, tire rotations should be a key part of your maintenance plan.
Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles
When and how you rotate the tires on your vehicle depends on the drivetrain of your vehicle. For instance, front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive Dodge cars require different procedures.
FWD vs. RWD
Calling a vehicle a “front-wheel drive” car or “rear-wheel drive” car simply indicates to where power from the engine is sent. On a FWD car, power is sent to the front tires, while it’s sent to the rear tires in a RWD car. In general, the set of tires that receives the most power wears down more quickly than the other tires.
Guidelines for Rotating FWD and RWD Tires
If you have a FWD or RWD vehicle, you’ll need specific tire rotation performed on your vehicle. Our Dodge service center in Houston will assist you according to these guidelines:
- Tire rotation should be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles on FWD and RWD vehicles. (Consult your owner’s manual for the exact interval.)
- Our technicians will flip sides when moving the rear tires on FWD vehicles. This means the rear right tire will go to the front left axel during rotation. When rotating the front tires to the back, though, we keep them on the same side.
- You invert the above process when rotating tires on an RWD car. We flip sides when we move the front tires back, and we keep the rear tires on the same side when we move them forward.
Rotating Tires on AWD Vehicles
All-wheel drive vehicles work differently than RWD and FWD models — each tire wears differently, and at different speeds. For AWD tire rotations, most experts recommend getting it done at 3,000 to 5,000 miles. As always check your owner’s manual for the figures for your specific Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, or RAM vehicle.
Get Help at Our Dodge Houston Tire Center
Get in touch with us today for any information regarding tire care. Our Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and RAM certified technicians are standing by to help answer your tire rotation questions and troubleshoot any issues.
If you’re unsure of what the last interval was where you got your tires rotated, we can help examine the tire tread of your vehicle to see whether a tire rotation is need. Tires generally should be rotated once the tread variance exceeds 2/32 of an inch.