How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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How often should you rotate your tires? This depends on the type of model you drive as well as a few other factors. Generally, a tire rotation is completed in an interval of 5,000 to 7,000 miles. This is a good ground rule, but as mentioned above, the exact figures differ from model to model. Read on to learn more about tire rotations and other service tips with our service team at Mercedes-Benz of Lynnwood.



Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

Many cars are either FWD or RWD. This designation simply means where the power from the engine is being sent. For a front-wheel drive vehicle, the power is sent to the front wheels, while in a rear-wheel drive car it is sent to the rear tires. No matter which drivetrain your vehicle has, the set of tires getting the bulk of the power will wear faster than the others. Should you drive a FWD or RWD vehicle, keep these tire rotation tips in mind:

  • For FWD or RWD cars, tire rotation needs to be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual for exact figures.
  • If you’re performing a FWD tire rotation yourself, keep in mind to flip sides when moving the rear tires. For example, the rear right tire will go on the front left. However, when moving the front tires to the back, keep them on the same side.
  • When rotating tires on an RWD car, invert the process above. Flip sides when moving the front tires to the back, but keep the rear tires on the same side when moving them forward.
  • Keep in mind how you drive, like off-roading, will affect how often you need to rotate your tires. Talk with the service experts at Mercedes-Benz of Lynnwood to get a better idea of a maintenance schedule that fits your driving habits.

Why Rotate Tires?

After learning when to rotate tires, you may be curious as to why rotate them at all. Put simply, tire rotations will extend the life of your tires. They also offer other benefits such as:

  • Improved traction on slippery roads
  • Less noise on the road
  • Relieves unnecessary stress on the drivetrain

Also, keep in mind that even if you keep tire rotations as a part of your regular maintenance routine, your tires won’t last forever. When the time comes for a tire replacement, be sure to schedule service with us at the Mercedes-Benz of Lynnwood service team.

AWD Tire Rotation Tips

Interested in learning about how many miles to rotate tires on an AWD model? We can help with this as well! Most experts set the standard timeline at 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Remember, though, to always check your owner’s manual for exact numbers for your specific vehicle. If you’re in need of an appointment, don’t hesitate to reach out to our technicians.

Get Your Tire Advice From Mercedes-Benz of Lynnwood

Need more information on tire care? Check out our online service guides to help you better care for your model. Also, be sure to browse our available service specials to help you save. In the meantime, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our team in Lynnwood. Learn when to put on winter tires with us!


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