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Unread 11-04-2012, 04:04 PM   #1
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Tires On Wrong Way??!?

So here's the thing...purchased my set of 35" Cooper STT tires in May of 2012. Brought it in on Friday to check for balancing and were all off by at least 4oz. They balanced and rotated two.Next day I noticed the tread pattern was going wrong way. Looked closer and realized they were like that since day one. Two of the four are rotating the wrong way. I'm getting it fixed tomorrow but should I be worried about my tires ?

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Unread 11-04-2012, 04:06 PM   #2
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Wouldn't that be some abnormal tire wear? First pic is from driver side, second is passenger side
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Unread 11-04-2012, 04:07 PM   #3
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STTs are not directional.
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Unread 11-04-2012, 04:16 PM   #4
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So it doesn't matter which direction the tread goes? My drivers side tires tread looks backwards to me. And the tires are much louder now, even louder than the day I put em on
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Unread 11-04-2012, 04:18 PM   #5
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So it doesn't matter which direction the tread goes? My drivers side tires tread looks backwards to me. And the tires are much louder now, even louder than the day I put em on
Doesn't matter which way. They are probably louder because they have been wearing funny, and when switched to a different position they contact the ground differently.

This is okay generally, that WHY it is important to rotate them regularly, as they will wear differently in different locations. If you feel there is abnormal wear, check the alignment.
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I flipped the figure and to me they look the same mounted the other way???? What am I missing?
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Unread 11-04-2012, 04:30 PM   #7
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Bad pics...first one is FD, second is FP. The rear tires match their front. I understand them being non directional but shouldn't they ALL be rotating the same way? And what cause them to be off balance by so much? Definitely getting an alignment done soon
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Unread 11-04-2012, 04:39 PM   #8
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It takes a couple times lookin at it, but they're different. One tire the tread goes up the other goes down. Other than the two tires getting rotated yesterday, the tires treads were in different directions, not matched. So for 5 months of driving them like that, any concerns?
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Unread 11-04-2012, 05:22 PM   #9
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You're fine, tires that are not directional all have the same tread pattern so one side will always look like they're spinning the wrong way. Look at some wheels, same thing, one side will look like they're spinning the wrong way since they're not specific to one side. Also, after a rotation tires are always a bit louder, that's why you rotate them so they wear evenly. They'll quiet down until you rotate them again.
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Unread 11-04-2012, 05:29 PM   #10
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i see what your saying look at the side walls they have different tread design the tire looks like it is on the wheel backwards than the other its not directional but just turned around on the wheel
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Unread 11-04-2012, 05:36 PM   #11
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4oz is not a lot of weight for a 35" tire.
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Unread 11-04-2012, 05:52 PM   #12
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Unread 11-04-2012, 06:11 PM   #13
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MTR's are non directional BUT they are marked on the sidewall as to what side "needs" to be inboard.

I had to have my tire shop flip 2 of them after they mounted them "backwards" as compared to the other 3.

Check your STT's and see if the sidewall specifies an inboard or outboard side.

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Unread 11-04-2012, 06:19 PM   #14
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MTR's are non directional BUT they are marked on the sidewall as to what side "needs" to be inboard.

I had to have my tire shop flip 2 of them after they mounted them "backwards" as compared to the other 3.

Check your STT's and see if the sidewall specifies an inboard or outboard side.

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Unread 11-05-2012, 07:25 AM   #15
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Typically one side is white letters, the other black. That's what keeps them "straight". Directional tires will have the direction molded right into the side of the tire with an arrow.
Most likely, yours are black on both sides, so they got one flipped. If it bugs you have them "fix" it.
When you took yours back in to check balance did you make sure the wheels were clean and that there were no rocks in the tread? Most tire monkeys will not do that and you can get erroneous readings after washing off 3 cups of mud of flipping that large rock out finally..
Just a thought.
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