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    Mark A
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    Default What is the correct tire rotation?

    I assumed that the correct tire rotation is cross-changing of the
    tires on the diagonal, i.e. front right exchanged with rear left
    and front left with rear right. Some places change on the same
    side, i.e. front right with rear right that makes little sense,
    What is the correct one?
    Tire tread tends to lean in a particular direction after moderate wear. If
    the tire is rotated to the other side of car, then it will be turning in the
    opposite direction. This can increase wear and cause a harsh ride. I would
    keep the tires on the same side of the vehicle.

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    Daniel M. Dreifus
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    Default What is the correct tire rotation?

    I assumed that the correct tire rotation is cross-changing of the
    tires on the diagonal
    The diagram in my Owner's manual, and Toyota workshop manuals show
    only moving front to back, (and back to front) no crossing over.
    With a front wheel drive, and the extra stresses placed on the front
    tires, that rotation pattern will still equalize wear.

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    Chuck G.
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    Default What is the correct tire rotation?

    I assumed that the correct tire rotation is cross-changing of the
    tires on the diagonal, i.e. front right exchanged with rear left
    and front left with rear right. Some places change on the same
    side, i.e. front right with rear right that makes little sense,
    What is the correct one?
    I cross-change my tires. I put 60K miles on a set of Michelins on my
    Explorer and the tires were still in great shape when I got rid of the
    vehicle. I'm planning to do the same with the set of Michelin
    Cross-Terrains on my Highlander.

    - Chuck

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    Wolfgang
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    Default What is the correct tire rotation?

    I assumed that the correct tire rotation is cross-changing of the
    tires on the diagonal, i.e. front right exchanged with rear left
    and front left with rear right. Some places change on the same
    side, i.e. front right with rear right that makes little sense,
    What is the correct one?
    Well here's what I found to be true - Philip will disagree cuz none of his
    cars seem to come with a full sized spare yet all 12 Toyotas I have owned
    have (save for a Geo Prism which proved not to be a rebadged Corolla -- have repair slips to prove it!)

    Tires should be rotated approximately every 5,000 miles to ensure even wear.
    If you are not rotating the spare tire (because it is a temporary spare or
    it is not on a matching rim) - For a rear wheel drive car, move the rear
    tires to the front on the same side, and the front tires to the rear on the
    opposite side. For a front wheel drive car, move the front tires to the rear
    on the same side and the rears to the front on the opposite side. If you are
    able to rotate your spare tire with the others, insert the spare into the
    right rear position and take whatever tire that was supposed to go there as
    your spare.

    Also note that anytime you purchase a new tire, it should be as
    similar as possible to the other tires and should always be placed on the
    rear axle (CostCo insists that new tires go on the front! Which tends to
    make sense for front wheel drive but not for rear wheel drive). Ideally tires
    should be replaced at the same time to ensure that handling will not be
    negatively affected by differences in the tires. AWD has special expensive
    tire replacement considerations that require all 4 to be replaced at same time
    (since they must be very close to same diameter or transmission/transfer
    case problems arise).

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    Richard Schumacher
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    Default What is the correct tire rotation?

    That still sounds like too much work :_> I've never rotated my tires and
    replace them only when they fail inspection. On average that's meant one
    tire every two or three years. Maybe I don't drive enough, eh.

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    Peter
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    Default What is the correct tire rotation?

    The tyres on my FWD Camry have a non-symmetric tread pattern. The
    direction they spin drastically changes their ability to shift water out of the way. So the only way to rotate the tyres is strictly "swap front and rear on
    the SAME side".
    For a front wheel drive car, move the front tires to the rear on the same side and the rears to the front on the opposite side.
    Hi,

    well if the tyres are directional I wouldn't cross them over or you'll have
    a lot of fun in the wet.
    Front to rear is usually the way to go but I have noticed this tends to wear
    the outer edge quicker ie lot of tread in the middle not much on the outer.

    It also seemed to put the wheels out of alignment so probably a good idea to
    get a wheel alignment after you rotate.

    regards

    Peter

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