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Mixed Signals on Tire Rotation

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Hi all,

I'm getting ready to rotate my (new last fall) Vredestein Quatrac 5 tires. I'm loving these tires...very smooth riding, good grip, and "Three Peak" Snowflake rated.

The tread design is assymetrical but non-directional and so the tire can be rotated to any position on the vehicle so long as it remains mounted on the wheel (ie., "outside to the outside").

The Soul service manual recommends cross-rotation of tires (per the illustration, fronts go to back "same side," and backs go to fronts diagonally).


As you can see in the "Warning," the manual states that assymetric tread pattern tires should not change sides, but be rotated front-back only.

Why is that? The advice runs counter to the tire industry's advice that it's fine to cross-rotate non-directional, assymetric tires.

Who do you think "wins" here...the tire company or the car company?

Or does it really matter? (Lazy me would be fine to rotate front/back only; easier, takes less time, more time for beer ;) )

Thoughts appreciated. Thanks.
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In my experience, tyres that have seen use tend to have the tread blocks worn more on one end (fore-and-aft) than the other due to generally higher braking wear than acceleration wear.

If they are switched to rotate the other way, than the blocks will make more noise - considerably more noise, and handling will suffer as well until the blocks are worn at both ends.

Hence, only end-for-end them, keeping them on the same side.

You'll thank me later. :geek:
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