Front wheel drive car tire rotation.
When I worked for Goodyear I learned all there is to know about car tires and how they work.
Here is a simple thing that no one will ever tell you about your front wheel drive car and how to
do a proper rotation.
Never - Never -Never rotate the tires on a front wheel drive car! Why?
You will spend more for tires in 40,000 miles than you need to. Here is the proper way to do this.
Leave the rear tires alone. Keep the front tires inflated at the proper rate and keep your alignment in check.
When the front tires wear out, buy just 2 tires for the front. If you have a full size spare, then buy one just like
it, and put them on the front. Then take one of the old tires, and use it for the spare. That way, when you get
to about 40,000 miles, you only have to buy 1 or 2 tires, to go the next 30 or 40,000 miles. Most likely you will
get a new car before then.
If you rotate the tires during the first 40,000 miles, you will buy (4) four tires.
The rear tires only go round and round and the sidewalls get used to that. The front tires get used to cornering
and powering. If you keep rotating them, the sidewalls eventually break down. Now the rear tires will go 80,000
if they aren't messed with and you keep them inflated.
Why doesn't the tire people tell us this? Money. Why would you tell people to only buy one tire when they can
If you see any signs of abnormal wear on the front, see to it immediately. Here are some things to look for:
If the inside edge of both tires seems more warn than the outside: you are toed out too much. Get an alignment.
If the outside edge of both tires seems more warn than the inside: you are toed in too much. Get an alignment.
If one of the tires shows wear on the outside or inside only, you have too much or too little camber, Get an alignment.
If the steering wheel is crooked, get an alignment. If you keep driving a car with the wheel crooked, the steering box
is always in a turn. If you have power steering that means the pump is always under pressure. Not a good thing.
If the tire shows wear evenly on the outside edges, the tire is under-inflated. If it show the center wearing out
then it is over-inflated.
I hope this helps.
I forgot to mention one thing about car tires. They aren't the same. The next time you go to a tire center, ask for a
depth gauge. Then check the depth of the tread on that tire that you are looking to purchase. Now go to several
other tire places and do the same. You will find that some of the cut rate tires have less rubber. Sometimes as much
as 1/8" or 2 mm. The government has standards as to how much rubber must be on a new tire. But they allow up to
2mm difference as part of that standard. So if you go to one tire place and find a tire for $10 less, check to see if it has
the same amount of tread height. Remember, those 30,000 or 40,000 mile warranties are based on scientific studies in a
lab under perfect conditions. The warranties are there to make you come back and buy more of their tires.
Edited by Ol' Smoke, 11 August 2013 - 12:41 PM.