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Tire Rotation Direction

What direction do you rotate the tires on a 2002 Taurus SES? Do you rotate straight front to back or do you rotate front to back diagonally?
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I was taught years ago one rotates bias-ply tires diagonally and front-to-back, including the spare in the rotation if one exists. Radials are swapped front-to-back only.

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When I do mine, front tires get swapped to opposite sides on back and rears go straight up.
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LF to RR to RF to LR to LF.
Has worked for me for over 60 years.
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Except for tires that read,
Quote:
Tire turns in this direction only
Usually snow tires, it would be embossed on the side wall with the size and misc. Info.

Sometimes
Quote:
this side out only
Or simply
Quote:
OUTSIDE
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Regardless, direction of rotation indicators MUST be followed.

That said, your the owners manual directs:
RR to RF
LR to LF
LF to RR
RF to LR

That can be verified here: https://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenance/owner-manuals/
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Radial Tires are rotated front to back and back to front same side ONLY.
Taking a radial from the right side and installing it on the left side can cause the belts to fail. This will greatly reduce the life of your tires and possibly result in a catastrophic tire failure.

The old bias-ply tires were rotated in a crisscross fashion and included the same sized spare in the rotation. I doubt you would even be able to find a bias-ply tire for a Taurus, that is assuming you would even want to.

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bias-ply is pretty extinct isn't it? i was under the impression that all modern passenger tires are radial and can only be swapped on the same side.

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Regardless, direction of rotation indicators MUST be followed.

That said, your the owners manual directs:
RR to RF
LR to LF
LF to RR
RF to LR

That can be verified here: https://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenance/owner-manuals/
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Bias-ply tires are referred to as diagonal ply.
Some tire makers say cross rotate, others don't.
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