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post #1 of 11 Old 06-02-2021, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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Tire Rotation Pattern

I posted this question on the Tires & Wheels forum and after 100+ views got no response. Since I plan on rotating my tires this Saturday I wanted to ask it here.

I have four matching 33 x 12.50 x R15L tires on my 2005 TJ.

1. What is the best pattern for moving the tires around?

2. The image I have attached says "Tires must be reversed on the rims when crossing the vehicle in order to keep them rolling in the same direction". I guess this means the tire should be removed from the rim and flipped in order to keep it rolling in the same direction. I've never had that done on ANY vehicle. Do other drivers do this?

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PS My spare does not match the 4 on the ground so the spare is not included.

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-02-2021, 07:10 AM
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I have heard people say that before, but I have never followed that rule. If you did want to follow it, you could stick with the first, far left picture.
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If you want to keep them quiet, front to rear. #1 in your pic.
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if you arent incorporating your spare, then #4. no need to remount the tires, just rotate them.
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Cross the fronts to the rear, bring the rears straight forward
This puts each tire in each position and spreads out the wear evenly amongst the tires

Also, you should rotate at the first sign of wear on the fronts
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Some tires are directional, they have an "arrow" on the sidewall showing how it should rotate while the vehicle is moving forward. These tires tend to be high performance, etc.

But, like stated in posts 4 & 5 above, I tend to use diagram #4 for rear wheel drive vehicles, which I consider my TJ, my F150, and our Tahoe.

I've found from looking in many owner's manuals, that front wheel drive vehicles use diagram #3, I use this on the wife's Camry and daughters Rogue.

I came up with a phrase, "drive wheels roll straight" to help me remember. I have also found that my locate Discount Tire store will use diagram #1, on all vehicles, unless the customer makes a specific request.

Now, all this is based on a vehicle with stock tires,

This is from the TJ service manual,
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I have been rotating my own tires regularly since I bought my second vehicle ( 1979 ) , they have all been a standard factory type tire. I rotate them @ every single oil change and have used pattern #4- and i must say my tires always wear perfectly even.

Have zero exp with off road / mud/ directional tires though.

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I always do like #3 on all of my Jeeps and my tires still look like new after 4 years. Front to rear, rear to opposite side front. I also rotate them at every oil change (3,000 miles).
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I always do like #3 on all of my Jeeps and my tires still look like new after 4 years. Front to rear, rear to opposite side front. I also rotate them at every oil change (3,000 miles).
3 & 4 are basically the same except on one the driving wheels are being crossed on the other the driven wheels are being crossed- what ever way is easiest for each person to remember
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3 & 4 are basically the same except on one the driving wheels are being crossed on the other the driven wheels are being crossed- what ever way is easiest for each person to remember
And it really doesn't matter which of those 2 patterns you use, because eventually all tires will end up being crossed and as long as you're doing it with every oil change they shouldn't wear enough to develop bad wear patterns unless your alignment is absolutely wrecked.
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post #11 of 11 Old 06-11-2021, 09:13 AM
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I use 4....3 or 4 are essentially the same as long as you stick to one or the other.


When steel belted radials first came out, it was considered important not to switch their rotation as it was thought to contribute to separation between the steel belt and the rubber.


If you look at the Firestone 721 debacle it may suggest the history of that Firestone chart you have reference to.


EXCEPTION: As previously stated, tires that are designed to rotate in a single direction, usually due to there being a tread pattern on that right that is a mirror of the left...yeah...those need #1.
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