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      08-12-2018, 09:48 PM   #1
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Tire Rotation Procedure

About to rotate my tires tomorrow and figured Id ask the group their opinion...

I have a RWD.


Do you "cross the rears to the front" and "move the fronts straight back"

or

Just move the fronts to the rears and vice versa (keeping tires on same side of car).


I know this isnt the biggest deal and just keeping the tires moving is the main point for even wear but I was wondering people's thoughts.
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I should also mention I am running a square set up.
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I always keep the tires on the same side, front to back
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On square setup, if the tires are directional you can only swap them front for back - keep on same side

If not I use to cross them + front to back each time

With my staggered setup there's no rotating at all...
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About to rotate my tires tomorrow and figured Id ask the group their opinion...

I have a RWD.


Do you "cross the rears to the front" and "move the fronts straight back"

or

Just move the fronts to the rears and vice versa (keeping tires on same side of car).


I know this isnt the biggest deal and just keeping the tires moving is the main point for even wear but I was wondering people's thoughts.
I worked for Bridgestone for 11 years. Their rotation recommendation is "Cross to Drive". If you are using tires that DO NOT have an arrow on the side this works. It will even wear and help with noise. So for your car, cross the fronts and the tears go straight forward. This will give each tire a time on each corner.

Those with staggered can only rotate from side to side. Do it and do it often for best results.
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Lf > Rr
Rr > Fr
Fr > Lr
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What tires?

On my wifes car (asymetrical all-seasons)
I rotate front to rear, then left to right.

On my car (directional summer tires)
I only rotate front to rear.

Crossing tires is ideal but a headache to do without a lift, so I don't do it. Just doing f/r and l/r every 5k has treated me well.
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What tires?

On my wifes car (asymetrical all-seasons)
I rotate front to rear, then left to right.

On my car (directional summer tires)
I only rotate front to rear.

Crossing tires is ideal but a headache to do without a lift, so I don't do it. Just doing f/r and l/r every 5k has treated me well.
Conti DWS06

Im going to cross the fronts back to the rear and move the rears straight up. Thats what I was taught from a young age. Wanted to hear other opinions.

Appreciate all the responses!
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For non directional tires you cross rotate the non drive axle
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For non directional tires you cross rotate the non drive axle
So for a RWD vehicle...

Fronts crossed to the back and rears straight forward?

Already did exactly that, just making sure we are on the same page!
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So for a RWD vehicle...

Fronts crossed to the back and rears straight forward?

Already did exactly that, just making sure we are on the same page!
yes. exactly what i posted to do
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Crossing tires is ideal but a headache to do without a lift, so I don't do it. Just doing f/r and l/r every 5k has treated me well.
I use a winter wheel as the 5th wheel and my garage jack and then i just come full circle back to that wheel at the end and its simple.
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Lf > Rr
Rr > Fr
Fr > Lr
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So for a RWD vehicle...

Fronts crossed to the back and rears straight forward?

Already did exactly that, just making sure we are on the same page!
Its called a rearward cross rotation pattern and recommended for RWD with square setup and non directional tires.
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