How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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Knowing when to rotate the tires on your Ford car, truck, or SUV is an important part of routine maintenance schedule. So, how often should you rotate your tires? It is recommended that you have your tires rotated every 8,000 to 13,000 kilometres in order to make your tires last as long as possible. That being said, it’s always a good idea to check your owner’s manual to find the specific tire rotation schedule for your make and model. This guide from the service team at MacPhee Ford will help you learn when to rotate your tires so you can enjoy maximum traction and control on the roads in and around Sackville.

Rotating Tires on FWD, RWD, and AWD Vehicles

How many kilometres to rotate tires? As stated above, you should plan on getting a tire rotation every 8,000 to 13,000 kilometres. The actual rotation process itself differs slightly depending on whether your vehicle has front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive. The following will describe the process for each of these different drivetrains

FWD Tire Rotation

With a front-wheel drive vehicle, the engine power is delivered directly to the front tires, which means that they will wear down faster than the rear tires. When performing a FWD tire rotation, the rear tires will need to flip sides when they are moved to the front. For example, the rear right tire will go on the front left and the rear left tire on the front right. When moving the front tires to the back, keep them on the same side

RWD Tire Rotation

The rear tires on a rear-wheel drive vehicle receive direct power from the engine, so they tend to suffer more wear and tear than the front tires. To rotate tires on a RWD car, we invert the process above. Flipping sides when moving the front tires to the back, but keep the rear tires on the same side when moving them forward.

AWD Tire Rotation

How many kilometres to rotate tires on an AWD vehicle? It is generally recommended that all-wheel drive vehicles have their tires rotated every 4,830 to 8,050 kilometres. Again, you should check your owner’s manual to find out what is recommended for your specific vehicle. The rotation pattern for AWD vehicles will depend on the visible wear to each tire, as they all can be engaged as needed.

Why Rotate Tires?

Knowing when to rotate tires and how many kilometres you can drive before you’ll need a tire rotation will help to maintain your safety on Bedford-area roads. It will also extend the lifespan of your tires, saving you money in the long run. Other benefits of keeping up to date with your tire rotation schedule include:

  • Reduced stress on the drivetrain
  • Improved traction on slippery roads
  • Less noise from the wheels and tires when driving

Schedule service with MacPhee Ford when your vehicle is due for it’s next tire rotation. If you are unsure when to rotate your tires, feel free to contact our Service Centre directly.

Get Expert Tire Care & More at MacPhee Ford

The certified technicians in our Service Centre can handle everything from tire rotations and wheel alignment to oil changes, cabin air filter replacement, and brake service. Take advantage of our current service specials and coupons to save on your next Ford service. We’ll take care of all your auto maintenance and repair needs and get you safely back on the roads in and around Halifax with as little down time as possible.

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