How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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You can consult your owner’s manual for an exact figure, but the general rule of thumb tells us that tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. If you need a little more information, feel free to explore this guide from Capitol Acura before visiting our service center near San Jose.

When to Rotate Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

Front-wheel drive (FWD) vehicles send engine power to the front wheels, so the front wheels wear down faster than the rear ones; with rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicles, the opposite is true.

Here’s what to keep in mind for a FWD or RWD vehicle:

  • FWD and RWD vehicles should have their tires rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, or as recommended in the owner’s manual.
  • When performing your own FWD tire rotation, move rear tires to the front and flip from left to right. Do the same for an RWD tire rotation.
  • If you drive on rougher Santa Clara or Milpitas roads, you should probably have your tires rotated more often.

When to Rotate Tires on AWD Vehicles

You might be wondering how tire rotation works with an AWD vehicle. Even though all wheels receive power, tires on an AWD vehicle will wear differently, so most experts recommend having them rotated every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. You’ll still want to check your owner’s manual for specific vehicle recommendations. If you’re unsure how long it’s been since your last tire rotation, simply schedule servicing so technicians can check wear differences.

Why Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Rotating your Acura tires increases their usable life, but that’s not the only benefit. Further advantages include:

  • Reducing stress on the drivetrain
  • Superior traction across slippery surfaces
  • Quieter driving

If you want a more peaceful ride or dependable handling during sudden rainstorms, rotating your tires is key. Find out how to rotate tires at home in order to save on this important maintenance.

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Look to Capitol Acura for Tire Care Advice

For any further tire care tips, fluid replacement advice, or any other servicing information, don’t hesitate to contact our service center or tire center today. We’ll help you keep your Acura in top condition so you can drive confidently down San Jose roads for years to come!

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