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Old 11-21-2009, 12:36 PM   #1
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tire rotation...

Easy question for all...

Whats the best way to know that you need to rotate your tires? My car is all stock with the expensive p-zero's and id like to make them last as long as possible. Is there a schedule to follow? What is the pattern for rotation?

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Old 11-21-2009, 12:41 PM   #2
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Easy question for all...

Whats the best way to know that you need to rotate your tires? My car is all stock with the expensive p-zero's and id like to make them last as long as possible. Is there a schedule to follow? What is the pattern for rotation?

Thanks again for the help guys!
The 20" and the 21" tires on the Camaro can NOT be rotated. They are unidirectional tires and the are rims are staggered meaning the rims in the back are bigger then the fronts.
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Old 11-21-2009, 12:54 PM   #3
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The 20's are NOT directional.

But they are staggered so all you can do is find 2 more and decide what size you want to run... 245 or 275 all around.
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Old 11-21-2009, 01:08 PM   #4
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So you can't even rotate them side-to-side?
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Old 11-21-2009, 01:33 PM   #5
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Radials have always been front to back .... back to front.
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Old 11-21-2009, 01:49 PM   #6
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Radials have always been front to back .... back to front.
according to Tirerack...you can rotate them side to side, as long as they are not directional tires...don't really know how much that's gonna help though.

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Old 11-21-2009, 02:21 PM   #7
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So you can't even rotate them side-to-side?
There isn't any benefit going side to side unless your car is pulling causing more wear on one side then the other in which case you have bigger issues then just your tires.
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Old 11-21-2009, 02:40 PM   #8
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Old 11-22-2009, 12:28 AM   #9
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Although my 20" P-Zeroes aren't "directional", they do have an "inside" which is marked on the sidewall.

So, you could switch from side to side, but the tire would just be running backwards from what it was before, with the same edge on the outside.
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Old 11-22-2009, 02:41 PM   #10
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Going side to side WILL cup the hell out of your tires. Every tire I rotated side to side because the customer is always right came back a few months later with cupping or belt seperation causing a nasty bump in the tire. Side to side was fine for bias ply.
IMO, rotating wears down all 4 tires so you need to purchase 4 at a time instead of 2. On my cars its usually the 2 rear.
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Old 11-22-2009, 03:41 PM   #11
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Going side to side WILL cup the hell out of your tires. Every tire I rotated side to side because the customer is always right came back a few months later with cupping or belt seperation causing a nasty bump in the tire. Side to side was fine for bias ply.
IMO, rotating wears down all 4 tires so you need to purchase 4 at a time instead of 2. On my cars its usually the 2 rear.
I never replace tires without replacing all four anyway. If a couple have a bit of tread left, I just sell them to a used tire dealer.
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Old 11-22-2009, 03:44 PM   #12
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That is why I opted for the 19" tires instead of the 20".

I thought having different size tires in the back than the front was ridiculous.

Also I bought the lifetime warranty from Discount Tire for $150.00 which covers repair, replacement, rotation, and balance of all 4 of my tires.
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:16 PM   #13
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That is why I opted for the 19" tires instead of the 20".

I thought having different size tires in the back than the front was ridiculous.

Also I bought the lifetime warranty from Discount Tire for $150.00 which covers repair, replacement, rotation, and balance of all 4 of my tires.
It might sound rediculous... but it looks beefy! I don't mind replacing 2 tires at a time, when they are gonna run me $500+ each.
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:32 PM   #14
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Looks beefy yes, but I'd prefer longer wear I put the same rear tires/wheels on all 4 corners so I will be rotating them. Suggested in the Owner's Manual is:

"Tire rotation is recommended if the vehicle has the same size tires on all four wheel positions.
These tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles (8 000 to 13 000 km). See
Scheduled Maintenance on page 10-2."

It shows side to side and front to back so I would think cris-crossing them is ok. If people say it cups them, then I'll just do back to front
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:38 AM   #15
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Looks beefy yes, but I'd prefer longer wear I put the same rear tires/wheels on all 4 corners so I will be rotating them. Suggested in the Owner's Manual is:

"Tire rotation is recommended if the vehicle has the same size tires on all four wheel positions.
These tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles (8 000 to 13 000 km). See
Scheduled Maintenance on page 10-2."

It shows side to side and front to back so I would think cris-crossing them is ok. If people say it cups them, then I'll just do back to front
My OnStar report just mentioned a tire rotation. I'm at 5,400 miles now...
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Old 11-25-2009, 10:51 AM   #16
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I have over 11,000 miles with the stock tires, never even had the car aligned until I lowered it. My tires are perfect. No uneven wear, still got a few thousand miles left on them as well. I also drive the car pretty hard most of the time, and enjoy taking turns at a nice speed So the factory tires and alignment settings are perfect, if you don't do anything to screw that up your tires will last a while without the need to ever rotate them (since you can't really rotate them anyway).
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:38 PM   #17
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If you rotate the pzeros with the tire pressure monitor system side to side it will read incorrectly on the display.
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:50 AM   #18
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If you rotate the pzeros with the tire pressure monitor system side to side it will read incorrectly on the display.
If you rotate them ANYWAY they will read incorrectly. 5 minute (or less) procedure to fix that - already done it when I put the new front wheels on

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The 20" and the 21" tires on the Camaro can NOT be rotated. They are unidirectional tires and the are rims are staggered meaning the rims in the back are bigger then the fronts.
aren't the 21" wheels on the v6 all the same size?

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