How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

Close up on a vehicle's tire

Tire rotation is one of the most effective ways drivers can increase their tires’ longevity and overall quality. Wondering how often you need to rotate your vehicle’s tires? Below, we’ve highlighted everything drivers need to know about the importance of tire rotation, and how long drivers should go between rotations. 

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What Is Tire Rotation? 

Tire rotation service is an automotive maintenance service in which a vehicle technician moves the tires of an automobile to a different position. This is done in order to equalize the wear done to the tires, as tires will receive uneven wear depending on their position. By swapping the tires to different positions, vehicle owners can extend their lifespan by a significant amount. 

A technician holding a wheel

How Often Should I Go Between Tire Rotations? 

As a general rule of thumb, vehicle experts suggest drivers get their tires rotated every 8,000 to 12,000 kilometres. For more detailed information, your vehicle’s owner’s manual may specify an interval that’s more accurate for your specific make and model. Typically, front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive vehicles require less frequent rotations than all-wheel drive models. 

What Tire Rotation Pattern Should I Use? 

Different vehicles require different tire rotation patterns, based on their drivetrain. Front-wheel drive vehicles should use a forward cross pattern, where the front tires are moved to the rear (sticking to the same side) while the rear tires are swapped to the front, opposite from where they were in the rear. Four-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and rear-wheel drive vehicles should use a rearward cross pattern, which brings the rear tires forward (while keeping to the same side) and swaps the front tires to the opposite position on the rear axle. 

Get Your Tires Rotated at Hogan Chevrolet

Need to get your vehicle’s tires rotated? Hogan Chevrolet in Scarborough, Ontario can help drivers rotate their tires, in addition to a wide variety of other tire and wheel services. Drivers can book a service appointment right here on the Hogan Chevrolet website.