How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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When you’re behind the wheel of a new, used, or certified pre-owned model on St Louis and Jefferson County roads, you may be wondering, “How often should you rotate your tires?” Well, rotating your tires is a quick and easy way to ensure and maintain a smooth drive wherever you go. Learn more about how often you should rotate your tires with the experts at Suntrup Kia South.

Why Do I Need to Rotate My Tires?

Before knowing how many miles to rotate tires on average, it’s also important to understand why you need to have your tires rotated. Having this done every so often keeps drivers on track of their Kia maintenance schedule, and extends the lifetime and function of your tires. If you notice any of the following issues, then it’s time to have your tires rotated:

  • Less noise on the road
  • Relieves unnecessary stress on the drivetrain
  • Improved traction on slippery roads

Rotating Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles

Drivers with front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive should have their tires rotated in different ways. This is due to the fact that your engine sends more power to the back or front depending on which drivetrain you have. Tire rotations ensure that each tire is treated equally and they all remain in the same condition. Here are some more tips for rotating tires on FWD and RWD Kia models:

  • For RWD or FWD vehicles, you should at least be doing a tire rotation every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, although you will want to get a better estimate from your owner’s manual.
  • In the case that you want to perform a tire rotation yourself and you have a front-wheel drive-enabled vehicle, it’s important that you flip sides when moving your tires. What we mean is that your left rear tire should go to the front right position, and the right rear tire should go to the left front position. The front tires, however, should be moved to the rear on the same side they started.
  • If you have a car with RWD, then just flip the process. The front tires should flip sides when moving back, and the rear tires should stay on their respective sides when being moved forward.
  • Depending on your typical driving conditions, you may need to rotate your tires more frequently. Contact our specialists to learn more about tire rotation based on your driving habits.
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Rotating Tires on AWD Vehicles

Drivers of Nissan AWD vehicles are encouraged to have their Nissan tires rotated every 3,000 to 5,000 miles in order to keep their model running strong. The reason for this is because your vehicle’s engine system sends power to every tire at the same time, putting extra pressure on the tires and their treads. As always, check with your owner’s manual to see the correct interval for your next tire rotation.

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Now that you know how to rotate tires, you can count on Suntrup Kia South’s service team to have your back for all of your Kia maintenance needs. Browse our inventory of Kia service and parts specials to save on the services and OEM Kia parts you need to keep going. Interested in learning more about the Kia Optima maintenance schedule? We can help with that too.

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