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Old 01-13-2013, 11:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,

I would like to confirm the correct rotation pattern for my tires.

Question 1> I assume all my tires are NOT directional tire. Is that correct?

Question 2> Is it correct that I should use the pattern on the right (circled by red box on last image) to rotate my tires?

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Front wheels to the back, back wheels to the front.

As far as directional tires, if in fact they are directional tires there would be a casting on the sidewall(could be outter or inner sidewall look at both sides) that says ROTATION and points in the direction that the wheel should be turning when moving forward.
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^+1 with John. Front to back, back to front, same side (direction/rotation).
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I've used the diagram in the red box on my Taurus for 10 years. Has Continental tires.
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Yes, use the FWD rotation pattern. None of them are directional based on the tread patterns I see.

However, I'm a little concerned because you have three different kinds of tires on the car. You should have tires in pairs (front/rear) or ideally have all four be the same for the best winter handling and braking. On the rear it looks like you might even have a winter tire or two. It looks like you might have cupping on the inside and outside edges of the front left and rear tires, respectively. Run your hand up and down the edge of the tire to feel if it "catches" your hand in one direction. If it does, then you should probably have an alignment done.
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It looks like you might have cupping on the inside and outside edges of the front left and rear tires, respectively. Run your hand up and down the edge of the tire to feel if it "catches" your hand in one direction. If it does, then you should probably have an alignment done.
I was just noticing this as well. Certainly helps to look at the photos on a larger screen than my iPhone. I would suggest taking your car to a reputable tire shop and have a professional balance, rotation and alignment performed.


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Criss-cross rotation is fine if you've been rotating religiously since new, but if you haven't been, you're asking for trouble. Rough ride, slipped belts, blow-outs, etc.
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Yes, use the FWD rotation pattern. None of them are directional based on the tread patterns I see.

However, I'm a little concerned because you have three different kinds of tires on the car. You should have tires in pairs (front/rear) or ideally have all four be the same for the best winter handling and braking. On the rear it looks like you might even have a winter tire or two. It looks like you might have cupping on the inside and outside edges of the front left and rear tires, respectively. Run your hand up and down the edge of the tire to feel if it "catches" your hand in one direction. If it does, then you should probably have an alignment done.
I had purchased the best tire the store(walmart, samsclub, and costco) could offer at the time when I need a new tire. The recent replacement is a michigan one from costco.

Is it good enough to let costco to check the tire for me?
Or I need to go to dealership?

Does anyone ever use discounttire local store? Is this a good shop?

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New tire is on the right rear, correct? That one looks fine.

It's the two left tires that look like they have issues. You can check them yourself by just rubbing your hand up and down them and seeing if it catches more in one direction. If it does, then you should probably get an alignment. Not sure if Costco does alignments or not, but I would probably want to take it to a shop that has better trained technicians to do the alignment.
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Do I need to do all wheel alignment or just front wheel alignment?

I will go to discount tire for the tire inspection and local shop to do the alignment. The ford dealership gives $145 for full wheel and $89 for front wheel only.
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