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Unread 01-04-2012, 11:28 AM   #1
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Tire rotation

I have a 2010 Renegade that came with Goodyear Wrangler SR-A all Terrain tires. The Jeep has 11,000mi driven, and 30,000mi towed behind a motorhome. The tires have never been rotated. The tires have worn evenly across the tire and are not cupped. However, the Jeep rides and sounds like it is on off-road mud tires. This has gotten more and more noticeable as I increase the miles towed behind the Motorhome.

The tread on the front tires appears to be wearing so as to cause each section of the tread to form an aggressive angle which would give a better bite into dirt if off-road, but which gives a rough, noisy ride on smooth pavement. This pattern is caused, I believe, by the towed jeep directing the steering direction of the tires rather than the tires directing the Jeep as would be the case in normal driving. When making a right hand turn, the overhang of the Motorhome and hitch pushes the Jeep to the left while also pulling the Jeep ahead until the Jeep falls within the arc of the turn and is then pulled back to the right. I plan to rotate the the tires front-to-rear and I wonder if I can X-rotate the tires so as to change the direction of rotation of the tires? Years ago I was told tire rotation on a radial tire should not be changed. Is this, in fact, true?

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Unread 01-04-2012, 12:00 PM   #2
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for a 4x4 rotation of 4 tires take the back straight forward to the front/ front left to back right/ front right to back left
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Unread 01-04-2012, 12:07 PM   #3
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Do you mean that it shouldn't be changed after use ? If you buy second hand tires you might not know the original direction of use. I've turned mine round to hide scuff marks that were only cosmetic but looked a mess. Never had any noticeable issues
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I realize that most of your miles on you Jeep are from being towed. I rotate mine everytime I go for an oil change. I don't think the SRA are a directional tire, but would rotate them every 6K as stated above. The SRA's are an average tire when mine finally wear out I gladly replace them with either General, Michelin, Firstone or Bridgestone. The SRA have about 21K on them and in the rain hydroplane like crazy and still have about 3/4 of Tread on them.
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Unread 01-04-2012, 12:51 PM   #5
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Years ago I was told tire rotation on a radial tire should not be changed. Is this, in fact, true?
Years ago when radials came out, this was true, but, today that isnt, EXCEPT if you have directional tires, then they must maintain the correct position or side. As a rule, I figure every other oil change, rotate the tires front to rear. Vehicles with allwheel drive or auto 4wd systems, I prefer every oil change. I suggest avoiding second hand tires, except when there isnt another choice. Those tires came off a vehicle for a reason. Rarely was it because the owner just didnt want them anymore.
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