What's best pattern for tire rotation?

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What's best pattern for tire rotation?

Postby BLKXLT - October 7th, 2009, 3:37 pm

I'm a bit flustered trying to find the best pattern for tire rotation on the Escape.
I rotate every other oil change and got spoiled with my 99 F150 4x4 which only had two sets of quiet running tires during 100+k, the first originals lasting 62K. I sold it with considerable and even tread at 105K.
I believe the Escape manual requests the same as 4x4 rear wheel, yet these are primarily FWD vehicles. With the exception of a hand-full of miles on off road rutted dusty trails,I know my 4x4 never engages from late spring and through the summer.
My tires got really noisy after last road trip, so I rotated as in diagram C. (Alignment is on, pressure always 33-35 psi,) They only got worse until next couple of oil changes I swapped them around to every configuration I could until they were quiet again. Honestly, I lost track as to which were where originally. :hyst: I do know the Escape wears the fronts much more quickly. My last round I used a micrometer and confirmed the most tread ended back up on the front.
I like a quiet ride. So tire wear fanatics, what works with these little beasts?
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Re: What's best pattern for tire rotation?

Postby sleeve - October 7th, 2009, 4:20 pm

This will really come down to personal preference but I use "A" or a modified version of it when there is a full size tire as the spare. A and C are nearly identical with the only difference being which tires get crossed over. The only difference between the 2 is where the cross happens. But rotate the tires 4 times following either pattern and the wheel will end up in the original postion.

I also rotate every 2 oil changes to keep tread levels even. Although with the Escape and its extended oil change interval I'll probably rotate every oil change.
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Re: What's best pattern for tire rotation?

Postby Jeff M - October 7th, 2009, 4:53 pm

Always have done B on a 4WD or AWD vehicle.
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Re: What's best pattern for tire rotation?

Postby CrashNburn - October 7th, 2009, 4:54 pm

i rotate my tires every 10,000km. actually the tire place does it, its part of the deal when you buy new shoes. i believe they just go front to back, back to front, no cross.
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Re: What's best pattern for tire rotation?

Postby Squishy - October 7th, 2009, 5:51 pm

I use C but have long forgotten why.
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Re: What's best pattern for tire rotation?

Postby megascape - October 7th, 2009, 9:29 pm

C for awd
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Re: What's best pattern for tire rotation?

Postby 08HybridOK - October 8th, 2009, 9:11 am

I guess the stright front<-> back days are gone, something about the belts breaking in, in one direction, and if reversed broke, or cause some sort of problems...
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Re: What's best pattern for tire rotation?

Postby sleeve - October 8th, 2009, 9:31 am

Actually when I was attending one of the auto shows (probably 5 years ago now) I visted the Michellin booth and the rep there still recommended the straight front to back rotation to keep the belts spinning in the same direction. I don't follow the philosophy however and still prefer to cross the tires from side to side to round out wear patterns.

My liberty has 30K miles on the Destination A/T's and the tread still looks brand new, save for rounding of the outter edges, thanks to proper rotation of the tires.
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Re: What's best pattern for tire rotation?

Postby jonas1022 - October 8th, 2009, 10:17 am

It depends on the tire and the car/truck, imo. I prefer the C method, but the Mazda house does it for the Tribbie under the oil change and rotate service policy, and Discount Tire does it for the F-150 and the Bullitt as part of the tire deal. I think just doing it is smart, although I never did it years ago on my Marquis, my Fiesta, the Granada,... and the tires wore fine on those cars. :peace:
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Re: What's best pattern for tire rotation?

Postby doru - October 8th, 2009, 12:50 pm

If you have unidirectional tires, there's a snag (I know I have). I just move them back and forth from front to rear and vice-versa keeping the rotation of the wheel (without crossing them). Have 7 years on the said wheels and they look great.
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