How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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How often should you rotate your tires? Common knowledge dictates you should rotate your tires every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Though this interval is a good ground rule, for more specific recommendations, you’ll want to check your Mercedes-Benz vehicle’s owner’s manual. Still want more information on when to rotate tires? This simple guide from the folks at Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis breaks down factors that impact tire rotation frequency.

Tire Rotations for FWD and RWD Vehicles

When you hear the designations of front-wheel and rear-wheel drive, that simply conveys where power from the engine is sent. It’s sent to the front tires for a front-wheel drive car, while in a rear-wheel drive car, it’s sent to the rear tires. Whichever tires are getting the bulk of the engine power will wear faster than the others. Keep these tips in mind if you drive a FWD or RWD vehicle:

  • Tire rotation for FWD or RWD cars needs to be completed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Check your owner’s manual for exact figures.
  • If you’re completing a DIY FWD tire rotation, make sure to flip sides when moving the rear tires. The rear right tire, for example, will go on the front left. However, when moving the front tires to the back, keep them on the same side.
  • If you’re completing a tire rotation on a RWD car, invert the above process. Change sides when moving the front tires to the back, but keep the rear tires on the same side when moving them forward.
  • Pay attention to how you drive. Off-roading, for example, will impact tire rotation frequency. The service experts at Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis can help you work out a maintenance schedule that fits your driving habits.

Tips for AWD Tire Rotation

Not sure how many miles to rotate tires on an AWD model? They work a little differently than FWD and RWD models. Each AWD vehicle’s tire wears differently and at different speeds. The standard timeline for AWD tire rotations has been set at 3,000 to 5,000 miles by most experts. While these are good recommendations, remember to always check your owner’s manual for exact numbers.

If you’re not sure when you last performed a tire rotation, make sure to schedule service at Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis. We’ll perform an inspection to see if you’re due for a tire rotation and take care of your other service needs. Tires usually require a rotation once the tread variance exceeds 2/32 of an inch.

Why Should You Rotate Your Tires?

It’s well-known that regular tire rotations extend the life of your tires. What’s more, they offer the following benefits for your car:

  • Relieving unnecessary stress on the drivetrain
  • Improving traction on slippery roads
  • Decreasing noise on the road

Keeping tire rotations as part of your maintenance plan helps you to better prepare for hazardous weather around Frontenac and Ladue. Keep in mind, however, that properly caring for your tires doesn’t mean they’ll last indefinitely. When you’re in need of a tire replacement, the Mercedes-Benz of St. Louis tire center can help!

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