How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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If you’re asking, “How often should you rotate your tires?” you’ll find that it’s anywhere from 3,000 to 7,500 miles depending on what kind of drivetrain you have. Rotating your tires is a crucial step in keeping your tires healthy, which bodes well for your suspension, transmission, and other important internals. The New Babylon Honda has the scoop on when to rotate tires!

How Many Miles to Rotate Tires

If you have a FWD or RWD drivetrain, you should rotate your tires every 5,000 to 7,500 miles to ensure that you’re wearing down your tire treads evenly. On the other hand, if you’ve got an AWD drivetrain, you should be rotating those tires every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Always defer to your owner’s manual for the best information, though.

  • FWD Tires: If you have a FWD car, move the front tires to the back on the same side (driver’s or passenger’s) while changing sides if you go back to front. For instance, your old rear right becomes your new front left while your old front left becomes your new front left.
  • RWD Tires: You rotate tires on a RWD car the opposite way you would for a FWD car. Take the rear tires on the front, and keep the side the same going to the rear, while switching sides when going back to front.

How to Rotate Your Tires

If you feel comfortable, you can save yourself a few bucks on service by rotating your tires at home. You’ll need a lug nut wrench and a car jack. Check out our guide on how to rotate your tires at home:

  1. Put your parking brake on.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts, but don’t take them off the whole way.
  3. Lift the first wheel with the jack, and put the stand below the lifted wheel.
  4. Remove each tire one at a time.
  5. Check your tires’ pressure while they’re off the car, then place the tire in the correct position with reference to your vehicle’s drivetrain and reattach the lugnuts as tight as possible.
  6. Take the car off the stand and with the lug nut wrench, and tighten the lug nuts back into place in a star shape, so they tighten evenly. If you don’t tighten them evenly, you might warp your brake rotor.

Schedule Your Next Tire Service at The New Babylon Honda

Now that you know how often you should rotate your tires, you can turn to our team for any service need, and be back on the road in no time. Whether it’s tires and other parts, trust in The New Babylon Honda to give you a great selection and great prices for keeping your car in the best shape possible. If you’ve got an issue with your car, bring it in, and our trained service specialists can take a look. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at our Honda service center near Lindenhurst!

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