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Old 06-02-2019, 08:17 PM
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What's the point in rotating tires every 10,000 or less? I just rotate at the half life point, about 20,000. I mean 10x4 is 40 and so is 20x2. Tread wear will be the same. I'm approaching 9,000 miles and see no reason to rotate. The tires look fine, no sign the front is wearing down.
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Go right ahead, it is your truck, but I actually do mine every 5000 miles when I change oil. 1 thing about these trucks is the right rear wears more than the rest do so I cross them over also.
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Go right ahead, it is your truck, but I actually do mine every 5000 miles when I change oil. 1 thing about these trucks is the right rear wears more than the rest do so I cross them over also.
Me too. Rotate every oil change.
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Go right ahead, it is your truck, but I actually do mine every 5000 miles when I change oil. 1 thing about these trucks is the right rear wears more than the rest do so I cross them over also.

Me too. I've rotated the stock Hankooks on my 2018 every 5k miles. I'm at almost 60,000 miles and they are all worn evenly with good tread life left.
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Some tires can go longer. If you have a more aggressive tire on a 4X4 rotation is much more important than street tires. If you let them go too long then a wear pattern develops and it just continues. At that point rotation won't help. I won't go more than 5000 miles on my trucks. The car can wait longer. When it costs $1000 for a set of tires you take care of them and try to make them last a lot longer. And 40,000 miles isn't much anymore. I tend to get 55,000-60,000 out of Cooper All Terrain tires. Lots of folks getting near 100,000 out of Michelin tires. Well they do if they rotate them. Maybe that is why you only get 40,000 miles out of a set of tires.
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My tires are old by the time they wear out.

Still rotate them 8k miles.
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I live in a remote area where there is a terrible crown to the roads along with many sharp bends and hills - plus they are usually pretty beat up. Tire rotation is important for me for this reason.

A person living in a suburban area with near perfect roads may not have the same issue.
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I only get mine rotated when I see signs that they need to be rotated.
I learned a lot working at tire store when I was younger and am pretty good at picking up on wear patterns.
Having said that...I do run my fingers across the treads as I walk by the truck to feel for any feathering...it takes zero time since I'm already walking by.
My method has worked for me pretty much my whole life...so I'll stick with it.

As mentioned above, aggressive offroad tires seem to develop wear patters quicker and can become louder/annoying more easily than a set of street tires.
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The reason is to keep tire wear as even as possible. The drive tires (in this case the rear tires). Will wear faster than the frt tires. In 2wd it’s not so crucial (LSD excluded). Tires worn at different rates will have slightly different circumferences and therefore will rotate at different speeds causing a strain and premature wear on the entire drive line when in 4wd.
This is the same reason to keep tire psi the same for all 4 tires. And also will get slightly better tire life.
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Originally Posted by southchatham View Post
What's the point in rotating tires every 10,000 or less?
What's the point in changing the oil? Just to put more oil right back in? Or the coolant? Or the brake fluid? What's the point in changing the brakes? They'll just wear out again. Ford doesn't know what they're talking about - that's why you bought one, right? Because YOU know more about vehicles than Ford.
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