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Old 02-08-2012, 11:16 AM   #1
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Question Tire rotation: front to back or opposite corners?

I am getting conflicting information from two expert sources about tire rotation. The alignment shop that I’ve used for years recommends to rotate tires from front to back, and switching sides (right front tire to left rear).

However, yesterday at my local Les Schwab tire center, they said that assuming a vehicle is in proper alignment, with radial tires, it’s best to rotate from front-to-rear without switching sides. That would mean that while the tires would rotate from front-to-rear; the right tires would always stay on the right side of the vehicle, and same for the left side. They said that this rotation pattern applies for all vehicles (all wheel drive, rear wheel drive, front wheel drive, cars, trucks, etc). They added that only old style bias ply tires (except for antique cars, who uses those anymore?) would benefit from rotating from a front-to-back and opposite side rotation pattern.

Any tire experts out there who can confirm or dispute Les Schwab’s recommendations?

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Old 02-08-2012, 11:37 AM   #2
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It depends on the tire. Some can only be rotated front to back and back to front and others have to be rotated criss cross. I would check the tire manufacturer on how to rotate the make of tire you have.
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:17 PM   #3
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Les Schwab what do they know. I'll bet the person you talked to there was flipping burgers last week. They won't even admit to radial pull, you would think if your business is tires you would know your product. If you have non directional tires you can cross them side to side I usually recommend crossing the front to the rear and bringing the rear straight to the front, if you do that every time the tires will visit all 4 corners which will help eliminate a single side wear pattern.
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:10 PM   #4
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Only time you go strictly front to back is if they are directional tires,if not then you cross to your drive axle and move the others forward or backward.Or if all else fails consult your tire manufacturer for precise directions.I remember when good old Les was on top of their game then the ol man passed and it went South.
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:26 PM   #5
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Only time you go strictly front to back is if they are directional tires,if not then you cross to your drive axle and move the others forward or backward.
Yeah that. I always run directional tires and wear the crud out of my left side. Lead foot really burns up the rubber on the rear left.
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:43 PM   #6
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How do I know if a tire is directioanl or not?
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:10 PM   #7
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Ive always been taught on radials you go front to rear.Otherwise you can end up with radial pull or chord seperation.It may not happen.But increases the odds.

Bias bly can go diagonally.
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:15 PM   #8
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depends

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=43
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:21 PM   #9
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How do I know if a tire is directioanl or not?
it will be stated on side of tire near bead IF it is.
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:37 PM   #10
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cptdarel, that's a very informative site and it explains a lot about tire rotation patterns!

A couple of people have mentioned "radial pull". Can someone explain what that is?
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:40 PM   #11
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Directional tires will have an arrow on the side saying "Rotation". They are easily recognizable by the 'V' pattern in their tread. They are designed to resist hydroplaning and more aggressive patterns are great in the mud! I've used lots of them!
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:05 PM   #12
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Radial pull is a term used when a front radial causes the vehicle to pull left or right it's usually worse at higher speeds. I've been told it's caused by improper belt placement. A couple of ways I diagnose it is to slowly move the vehicle forward then backward no hands on the wheel if the wheel turns in opposite directions in each direction it's most likely radial pull the most accurate diagnosis is to swap the front tires from side to side if the vehicle drives straight ahead or pulls in the opposite direction it's a defective tire. This also works for directional tires.
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:45 PM   #13
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Word to the wise - Wheels are also location specific on some cars. I know of another Rover/Cruiser type that rotates clockwise, including the spare. Cars are funny, so always read the manual to see their recommendations.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:41 PM   #14
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Michelin says...Front wheel drive cars rotate the fronts straight back and cross the rears to the front. Rear wheel drive cars or AWD rotate the rears sright forward and cross the fronts to the rear. Ive been in the biz for 15+ years and thats what we've always done.
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