Rotating Tires

I have an 07 Camry Hybrid. The manual says i should rotate the tires at 5000 miles. Isn’t that quite early, or is it good advice?

Thank you for your help.


With a new car, why would you want the varying opinions of a random group of anonymous strangers, rather than the advice of the vehicle’s manufacturer?

If you want to get the maximum value and safety that your car can provide, I would advise you to closely follow the advice contained in your Owner’s Manual and in the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule.

The subject of rotating tires and how often has been the impetus for long threads. There’s great disagreement on this issue. For maximum wear, the general concensus is that rotating is good. 5,000 seems the recommended periodicty.

VDC made a good point too about following the owner’s manual. It’s the best way to get the best value out of your purchase.

Happy motoring.

You normally get the best possible maintenance advice from the owner’s manual, but sometimes the manual can be a bit overprotective. Tire rotation schedules are flexible and many experienced car owners choose other schedules for themselves. Someone’s schedule may well depend on whether the service is free, if he is charged, or if does it himself.

You are free to set your own schedule for tire rotation. Nothing especially bad will happen if you choose a longer interval for your Camry.

Since that vehicle is not a sports car or very heavy, I would think 10,000 or even 15,000 would be fine. Also, the narrower the tires the less they need to be rotated, I assume these are narrow tires too since it is a small car. You should get well over 50,000 miles on the original equipment tires with regular rotations.

Well I generally suggest following the manual, and I will here as well. Consider, that if you DIY it is easy and free. It also gives you a good chance to look at the brakes, CV’s and tyres.

It’s a hybrid, so it actually is probably pretty heavy for a car its size.

Rotating your tires will make your tires last longer on average, but if you’re paying someone to do it, the cost of the rotations often exceeds any savings associated with longer tire life. The x-factor in this equation is how much of a difference rotating the tires makes in tire life. For some cars, it doesn’t make that much of a difference, but others are very sensative to it. I’d guess your car, being FWD and having the extra weight associated with the hybrid system, will probably be more sensative to it. But all you have to lose is some treadlife, so I’d say go a little longer that 5,000 and see if it makes a difference.

Yes, do that according to the mfr. After a few rotations at 5000 miles, you could go to 6000 miles for three times and then to 7000 miles and finally at 8000 miles. This would require record keeping and would not be reliably followed by most busy people; is too complicated to include in the owner’s manual. As tires wear out their treads, rotation becomes less critical. If you are late with the rotations, your tires likely will become noisy due to odd tread wear on the rear tires. Rear wheel drive cars are less sensitive this way than front drive cars. With two jacks, you can easily do the rotations on a Saturday morning. Don’t forget to adjust tire pressures if your car has a different spec for the front vs rear.

5000 miles is a nice, round number; easy to remember but a little too frequent for somewhat worn tires, in my view.