How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Rotating tires

How often should you rotate your tires? On average, tire rotation has an interval of 5,000 to 8,000 miles as a good ground rule. Knowing the general rule for when to rotate your tires is great, but you should always check your Lincolnowner’s manual to make sure. Your driving habits in Estevan will impact how many miles it takes to rotate your tires. 

So when is the proper time to rotate tires? Capital Lincoln has put together a guide for everyone living in Moosejaw on when to rotate tires from your trusted Regina service centre. You can learn more about proper Lincoln maintenance in our service and parts tips section.

How Many Miles to Rotate Tires on FWD and RWD Vehicles?

Before delving into how often should you rotate your tires, we should compare front-wheel and rear-wheel drive vehicles. In front-wheel drive (FWD), the power from your engine is sent to the front tires, while rear-wheel drive vehicles have the power sent to your rear tires. This means that whichever tires are getting the bulk of the engine power will wear out faster. If you’re driving either a FWD or RWD vehicle, keep these tips in mind:

  • For RWD or FWD cars, tire rotation needs to be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Make sure to consult your owner’s manual for the exact features.
  • If you are performing a front-wheel drive tire rotation yourself, remember to flip sides when moving the rear tires. For example, the rear right tire will go on the front left. However, when moving the front tires to the back, keep them on the same side.
  • When rotating tires on an RWD car, invert the above process. Flip sides when moving the front tires to the back, but keep your rear tires on the same side when moving them forward. 
  • Keep in mind how you drive, like off-roading, will affect how often you need to rotate your tires. Talk with our service centre experts to get a better idea of a maintenance schedule that fits your driving habits around Swift Current.

AWD Tire Rotation Tips

For those with an all-wheel drive (AWD) Lincoln model, then you will have a different tire rotation than RWD or FWD vehicles. Since power from your engine is sent to every wheel, your tire rotation will need to be done in a specific way. Most AWD tires need to be rotated every 3,000 – 5,000 miles if you use AWD regularly in Estevan. You will also need to follow these tips when rotating your tires at home:

  1. The left rear goes to the right front spot
  2. The right rear goes to the left front spot
  3. The right front goes to the left rear spot
  4. The left front goes to the right rear spot

To make this easier, we recommend drawing a basic diagram of your drivetrain and using color-coded arrows to help move your tires properly. If you prefer to have a professional team rotate your tires, you can schedule service with us!

Get Your Tire Advice From Capital Lincoln

If you want more information on tire rotations in Regina, Capital Lincoln has the perfect service centre for your needs. Check out our service specials and see if you can save on your next appointment with us. You can also check out our blog for unique posts covering everything from winter driving habits to showcasing the newest Lincoln vehicles. Keep your Lincoln running at peak performance with Capital Lincoln!


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