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Tire rotation

Postby defzeppard [OP] » May 09 2012, 10:34pm

Set to do my next oil change in a few weeks or so. I replaced my rear tires february/march. Was set to replace the front ones until finding a vaccum leak turned into a nightmare. Wound up being the intake gasket, go figure.

Monday I had the intake done along with the front hubs. Getting new front tires and an alignment this weekend. How should I go about the tire rotation? Since I'll have about 1,000 miles on the back tires and 100 or so on the front?

Only reason I didn't replace them all at the same was do to money issues with the other repairs.
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Re: Tire rotation

Postby T-Rex 2500HD » May 10 2012, 12:18am

Tire rotation should be around 7,500 miles depending on what type of tires you have.

Example: Goodyear Wrangler SR-A LT265/70R18/E Rotate LR to RF and RR to LF ( see below ) then Front to Rear after another 7,500 miles.
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Re: Tire rotation

Postby defzeppard [OP] » May 10 2012, 1:31pm

Thanks. I kinda figured I had a while before needing to rotate the tires. I've always replaced them at the same time. I've also been told the spare should be included as well.
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Re: Tire rotation

Postby ASTE25 » May 10 2012, 2:13pm

There are a lot of different thoughts on how and when to rotate tires. Basicly all that really matters is that you do rotate them on a regular schedule so to minimize positional wear. I normally just rotate from front to back every 6k miles. I do not include my spare due to the fact the spare wheel does not match the regular wheels.
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Re: Tire rotation

Postby cj29541 » May 10 2012, 8:26pm

i run nitto traIl grapplers on my sierra and i am rotation them every 3000 miles and they have been wearing awesome no visible signs of uneven wear gotta rotate the hell out of a mud tire to get alot of miles out of em but in the end its worth it
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Re: Tire rotation

Postby 02ZL1_97SS » May 11 2012, 3:22am

I owned a tire store for 13 years. I recommend that you not only rotate your tires but rebalance them every 5,000 miles on a four wheel drive. Change your rotation method each time. Again my recommendation...................if you go front to back this time and keep them on the same side, then next time "X" them front to back/back to front and then the next time front to back again and then the next time "X" them again. This method will move every tire to every wheel position in four rotations. :D

If you do what I have just recommended with not only the rotation but rebalancing them, you will EXTEND your mileage and reduce your wear on the tires. After 5,000 miles (because you have worn rubber off of the tire, the balance WILL change). I'm not here to debate this method with anyone. After many years in the tire business, I know that this works and works well.
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Tire rotation

Postby Machster69 » May 11 2012, 3:26am

Makes sense...
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Re: Tire rotation

Postby EKinMN » May 11 2012, 3:35am

What effect does running them longer in a given position do? I have been rotating at every oil change. Since I am now extending my OCI, I am also extending my rotation. And, I do not want to have to do small bits of maintenance every few thousand miles.
The last rotation was about 7,000 miles. The next rotation will be about 10,000 miles from the last one.
I do not have any uneven wear, no vibration, etc. Kinda wish I did, actually....I am not a fan of the OEM Bridgestone tires, and really want them to wear out. At this rate, I will get a minimum of 50,000 miles out of the darn things!
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Re: Tire rotation

Postby ASTE25 » May 11 2012, 4:33am

Front tires generally wear the outside edges faster due to the weight transfer when slowing and turning.
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Re: Tire rotation

Postby 02ZL1_97SS » May 11 2012, 4:36am

Eric.................tires wear more in the front. Think about it..............."most" of your braking occurs on the front tires because as you brake, weight shifts forward, all of your steering occurs on the front tires and the suspension in the front creates angles that cause wear on your front tires such as camber and toe-in. If you leave the tires on your truck and never rotate them.....................I guarantee the front tires will wear out first unless you're doing "burn outs" amd smoking the rear tires. :D
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