How Much Do Rotating Tires Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

Rotating your tires is an important maintenance procedure that can help lengthen the life of the tires of your car.

Since your car’s four tires will wear out differently, failing to rotate them can cause your car to start pulling to one side while driving.

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How much does a tire rotation cost?

The cost to rotate your tires will really depend on where you take your car, but on average, be prepared to pay anywhere from $10 to $45 for all four tires.  In some cases, the tires may be rotated for free if you were to bring in your car for an oil change.

At Pep Boys, for example, they will rotate your tires for free with any oil change.

At Walmart, for example, they charge $2.50 per tire.  The rate is the same for tire rotation services with the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), a feature installed in newer vehicles that constantly monitors the vehicle’s tire pressure and sends the data to the driver.A

According to, the average price was $26 to $34.

Consumer Reports says you should be prepared to pay about $20 to have your tires rotated, but in some cases, they may be rotated for free at the tire center you purchased the tires from initially.

At Firestone Auto Centers, there are often coupons floating around offering a rotation and balance for $20 to $30.  Jiffy Lube, according to our research, charges a similar pricing if they are offering a promotion.

Tire rotation overview

During the rotation, a mechanic will first check the directional tires, which are made to rotate in one direction, and the non-directional tires.  The direction tires will be moved from the back to the front and then the front to the back.  For the other tires, these tires will be moved in a crossing pattern that effectively moves the tires from a spare tire position to the front position and back.  Refer to this tire rotation diagram to see how it would work.

Aside from rotating the tires, the lug nuts will be tightened to the manufacturer’s torque specification, the tires will be inspected and the tire pressure will also be checked.  If your car uses a tire pressure monitor, these monitors will be reset as well.

The entire process on its own will take about 15 minutes to complete.

What are the extra costs?

If the tires are less than 1/16th of an inch, the mechanic will recommend new tires and won’t rotate them.  A new tire, depending on the car you drive and the tires you purchase can cost $125 to $300+ each.

If your tires need to be rebalanced, this could be an additional charge as well.  Balancing your tires will usually cost about $15 to $75, depending on the mechanic you visit, but it could be much less than this if you combine it with a tire rotation.

Tips to know:

A tire rotation should be done every 6,000 to 9,000 miles to ensure the tread wear pattern is maintained evenly.

While you can drive without rotating your tires, this will ultimately decrease your mileage, tire life and handling.  Be sure to keep a log when your tires have been rotated and try to rotate them every 6,000 to 9,000 or whatever your manufacturer recommends in the owner’s manual.

How can I save money?

Try to have your tires rotated when you get an oil change.  Most mechanics and dealerships will include this in their quote.  Also, be sure to look for a coupon online to see if any deals are currently available.

Some companies, such as Costco, Discount Tire and Sam’s Club, do offer lifetime rotations for its customers who have purchased the tires through them.  Always contact the company you purchased the tires from to see what kind of deals they may be able to offer you.

Anyone can rotate their tires with the right equipment such as a jack and jack stand.  If you feel comfortable doing it yourself, then this could save you a few extra dollars.

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