As a general rule, you should have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. This is a good guide, but you would be smart to check your owner's manual for the exact intervals recommended for your vehicle. If you're still not sure when to rotate tires, consult Basil Ford's helpful guide, below! You can trust our service center in Cheektowaga for your next tire rotation.

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

The difference between front-wheel and rear-wheel drive is where the engine power is sent. On a front-wheel drive car, engine power is sent to the front wheels. And you can probably guess that with rear-wheel drive, power is sent to the rear tires. Whichever set of tires is bearing the brunt of the engine power are going to wear down quicker than the others. If you drive a FWD or RWD vehicle, remember the following tips:

  • Tire rotations are necessary every 5,000 to 7,500 miles on FWD and RWD vehicles, and you should look at your owner's manual for precise numbers.
  • If you're rotating your FWD tires at home in Clarence, remember to switch sides when you move the rear tires. So, the rear right tire should move to the front left, and the rear left tire to the front right. But when you move the front tires to the back, they should stay on the same side they came from.
  • If you drive a RWD vehicle, you'll do the opposite of the above process. When you move the front tires to the back, flip sides. But when you move the back tires to the front, keep them on the same side.
  • You should also bear in mind the type of driving you often do. If you go off-roading every weekend, this will affect when you need to rotate your tires. Strike up a conversation with the experts at Basil Ford to learn more about how your driving habits will affect your rotation schedule.

AWD Tire Rotation Tips

If you own an AWD vehicle such as the Ford Escape, your tire rotations will be a bit different. Having AWD means each of your tires is going to wear differently, and at different speeds. Many experts will tell you to follow a 3,000 to 5,000-mile interval, but again, you should check your manual for a precise figure. Unsure how long it's been since your last tire rotation? If your tread variance is more than 2/32 of an inch, it's time to schedule your rotation.

Why Rotate Tires?

Everyone knows that tire rotation helps your tires last longer, but that's not the only benefit! Here's what else tire rotations are great for:

When winter hits in Williamsville, you'll be glad to have rotated your tires in preparation. No matter what kind of tires you drive on, they'll eventually reach the end of their life. If you need to replace your tires, get in touch with our parts center to find out what type of tires would suit your driving needs.

Rely on Basil Ford for Your Service Needs

If you have more questions about tire care or would like information on other types of maintenance, like how to check car oil or jump start a car, contact Basil Ford anytime. We can even provide suggestions on Ford F-150 lift kits. Our trusted and certified technicians are happy to offer advice!