Mechanic Changing Tire 

A common question we hear at the Basil Ford service center is, “How often should you rotate your tires?” For most drivers in the Buffalo area, a tire rotation is recommended every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. While this interval should suffice in most cases, it is still best to check your owner’s manual to see if there are different recommendations from the manufacturer for your particular tires or vehicle. Searching for a more exacting answer about when to rotate tires? The experts at our service department have provided this handy guide below, but you can also call us at %%phone_service%% anytime.

Performing a Tire Rotation on FWD and RWD Vehicles

Where power from the engine is sent affects how a tire rotation is performed. Engine power is sent to the front tires in a front-wheel drive car and it is sent to the back tires in a rear-wheel drive car. The tires that experience the brunt of the engine power usually wear down more rapidly. Cheektowaga-area drivers with a FWD or RWD vehicle should keep these tire rotation tips in mind:

  • While it is always best to consult your owner’s manual, usually a tire rotation should be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles.
  • West Seneca drivers with a FWD vehicle will need to flip sides when moving the rear tires. For example, the rear right tire will go on the front left. You will not swap sides when moving the front tires to the back. 

  • The opposite is true for RWD models. The tires should flip sides when the front tires are moved to the back. As you move the rear tires forward, keep them on the same side.

  • Your driving habits may require more frequent tire rotations. If you do a lot of off-roading around Rochester and Landcaster or you regularly encounter rough terrain, your vehicle may need a tire rotation more often. 

Performing a Tire Rotation on an AWD Vehicle

Wondering how many miles to rotate tires for an AWD model? The interval will not be the same as it is for FWD and RWD models. With an all-wheel drive vehicle, power from the engine is sent to every wheel when you engage AWD. Because all of the tires are actively engaged at all times, they tend to wear down sooner. If you are not sure when to rotate tires on an AWD vehicle, the general rule is every 3,000 - 5,000 miles. Once again, see if there are different recommendations from the manufacturer. Here is how to perform a tire rotation on an all-wheel drive vehicle. 

  1. The left rear goes to the right front spot.
  2. The right rear goes to the left front spot.
  3. The right front goes to the left rear spot.
  4. The left front goes to the right rear spot.

Why Does My Vehicle Need a Tire Rotation?

Now that you know when to rotate tires, you may still not know why this service is required. The biggest reason is that it prolongs the life of your tires, but there are a few other noteworthy advantages as well. 

  • Better traction on slick roads
  • Less noise on the road
  • Less unnecessary stress on the drivetrain

Even the best maintained tires will need to be replaced at some point. When that time arrives, the automotive experts at Basil Ford can help you find the right tires for your particular make and model. 

Basil Ford is Your Destination for Trusted Tire Care

Keeping your tires in good condition is essential for safe and efficient driving around Buffalo and beyond. If you have questions about proper tire care, do not hesitate to contact us for more information.