Tires are often the last thing on people’s mind when they think about their car’s maintenance and automotive health. The truth of the matter is, your vehicle’s tires are the most important thing between you and the road. Maintaining your tires will allow you to enjoy the full extent of its life cycle and allow you to travel for thousands upon thousands of miles. In this month’s blog we will discuss how often you should rotate your tires and the types of rotation patterns.

When to Rotate Your Tires

It is recommended that you rotate your tires at least every 6 months or about 5,000 to 8,000 miles. However, if you drive your vehicle much more often, you may need to get your tires rotated every oil change or about 3,000 to 5,000 miles. By rotating your tires with the recommended frequency, they will even out their wear and tear and ultimately have an extended life.

It is also important to understand that the frequency in which your tire wears out also depends on whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive (FWD), rear-wheel drive (RWD), or all-wheel drive (AWD). The type and size of the tires should also be taken into consideration. If you are uncertain, your vehicle’s manual will provide specifics.

Rotation Patterns

Depending on the type of vehicle you own, you will have different tire rotation patterns. Your owner’s manual will specify what type of rotation pattern your vehicle needs. For FWD, the front tires are swapped straight to the rear and the rear tires are cross-swapped to the front. For RWD, the rear tires are swapped straight to the front and the front tires are cross-swapped to the rear. Finally for AWD, all four tires are crisscrossed. 


Overall, a tire rotation also provides a mechanic the opportunity to further inspect your tires for any damages or problems, such as deflation or blistering. For all of your tire rotation and automotive needs, rely on H.W. Automotive Inc. Our certified mechanics are well-experienced professionals who will make sure you and your vehicle receive efficient and effective service. Call us at (405) 702-4098 or visit our website for more information about our services.