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Not long ago, it was brought to my attention that it is old school and that it is no longer neccesary for modern tires to be rotated just front to back, but can now be crossed to the other side of the vehicle, reversing the direction. I fully understand why it is said to be ok. But also in my defence and since our vehicle miles are generated mostly by driving the highways verses city driving, we have no issues getting the full use of the milage warranty rotating front to back. And in my mind, knowing at one time, there was a blowout risk by reversing direction, I choose to rotate front to back... only. Am I the only one? Those who pay to have your tires rotated, do you know what method is used? Have you had any issues with blowouts?
 
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Always had non-directional tires on my Pilot and they get rotated front-to-same-side-rear and rear-to-opposite-side-front, per the owner's manual.
Never heard of any risk of blowout concerns associated with a particular rotation pattern.
 

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Rear tire criss-cross to the front as per owners manual. Did not know of blow out potential with regards to improper rotation View attachment 139250
Blowout potential was increased by changing rotation direction on bias ply tires. The theory was the cords would stretch one direction. The reverse rotation would begin to stretch the cords in the opposite direction causing separation = blowout.
 
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Blowout potential was increased by changing rotation direction on bias ply tires. The theory was the cords would stretch one direction. The reverse rotation would begin to stretch the cords in the opposite direction causing separation = blowout.
When did you last have a set of bias-ply tires?
 

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I used to crisscross but per the reason Nail Grease cited, stopped several years ago. I do rotations myself, but maybe every 3rd one, I'll let my shop do it so they can balance them. Every shop over the last 20+ years does front to back. Definitely doesn't hurt. And I do check 'em...I mark the wheels to make sure they're not just parking it for an hour then billing me...
 

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My selection isn't on there as I don't rotate them, the dealers service department does, so they are rotated to Honda's instructions.
 

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My selection isn't on there as I don't rotate them, the dealers service department does, so they are rotated to Honda's instructions.
If your not sure then you don't know.
 

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It's like you need free cookies or something to get people to vote in a pole, lol
 

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The only reason my tires get rotated (*FREE where I purchased my tires actually does the work, as part of the lifetime/60K warranty) is because, my warranty would be voided on the tires if I didn't. Otherwise, it's meaningless to "rotate", in most instances.
 

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The only reason my tires get rotated (*FREE where I purchased my tires actually does the work, as part of the lifetime/60K warranty) is because, my warranty would be voided on the tires if I didn't. Otherwise, it's meaningless to "rotate", in most instances.
Rotating tires makes them last longer. I can buy a full set in 2 or 3 years instead of 2 fronts after 1-1 1/2 years.
 
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The only reason my tires get rotated (*FREE where I purchased my tires actually does the work, as part of the lifetime/60K warranty) is because, my warranty would be voided on the tires if I didn't. Otherwise, it's meaningless to "rotate", in most instances.
Well yes, but not really. For a 2wd vehicle it is less important, as the power wheels, usually the front wheels these days, will wear out faster than the non power wheels. You might save a little money by just having to buy 2 tires at a time instead of 4. However unevenly worn pairs of tires can cause control problems in slippery conditions as one set is more prone to slippage than the other set.

For 4wd & AWD vehicles it is best to replace all 4 tires at one time to put less strain on the transfer case. This is especially true for AWD vehicles. The reason for that it even though the vehicle is AWD that does not mean that all of the wheels are putting out the same amount of torque. Add to that the vehicles inherent weight difference between the front and the back and you end up with uneven tire wear.
 

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Oh I Always thought what's the point they rotate enough when I drive 🤪 :p
 

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Every shop over the last 20+ years does front to back.
When I've done it I went by the manual, but every shop I've ever been to, and some are tire specialists, do it front to back. I've given up trying to convince them otherwise.

It's like you need free cookies or something to get people to vote in a pole, lol
I know, right?
 
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