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How often do you rotate your car tires? If you have someone do it for you, how much do you pay?
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Every 15k miles. My local oil change place does it for free if I ask. And it is NOT Jiffy (screw you over ) Lube...Also, Sam's club runs balance and rotate specials frequently.
Sorry, couldn't help but get the dig in against that Lube place...
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most tire shops do it free if you bought the tires there if not i would say 20 bucks at most
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Each oil change I ask that they (my dealer) rotate the tires . . . about $20 ($19 US )

The lexus dealer doe's the oil change and tire rotation for about $24 less than the Jiffy Lube places, and they have an express lane for oil changes . . . and they plug into the computer each time to check the engine etc. at no charge

When my wife brings her car (on Tuesdays or Thursdays) they wash her car inside and out at no charge . . .
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Every other oil change which is 12,000 miles. Cost me $20.
Occasionally I will do it myself.
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Every 5k miles, cross rotate, driver's front to passenger rear, passenger rear to driver's front and so on.
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Originally Posted by MacCTD View Post
Every 5k miles, cross rotate, driver's front to passenger rear, passenger rear to driver's front and so on.
Hows that working for you? I do the front to rear, rear to front every other oil change. (12000 miles) Do you have good wear? I thought you werent supposed to croos radials.
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Every 5,000 miles. As much as I hate Wal-mart, I got the lifetime balance/rotation for $30.00.
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Several months back I paid $10 to have the tires rotated. But I'll be able to do it myself....on my very own lift.

* tires shouldn't need all this rotating business if the alignment of all four wheels was correct. I swear the manufacture is building in maintenance issues!
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Here's the recommended tire rotation from the Tire and Rim Association......
Four (4) Tire Rotation

What tire rotation pattern should be followed? The Tire & Rim Association has identified three traditional rotation patterns covering most vehicles (equipped with non-directional tires and wheels which are the same size and offset).
  • On front-wheel drive cars, rotate the tires in a forward cross pattern (Figure A) or the alternative X pattern (Figure B)
  • On rear-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles, rotate the tires in a rearward cross pattern (Figure C) or the alternative X pattern (Figure B)
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Originally Posted by doughnut View Post
Hows that working for you? I do the front to rear, rear to front every other oil change. (12000 miles) Do you have good wear? I thought you werent supposed to croos radials.

So far it has been great, my Dodge was hard on front tires with all the weight and that kept the wear pretty even across the tire, some of my friends who do not rotate this way end up with the front outside edges wearing down faster than the rest of the tire.
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I do mine every oil change with the cross rotation. I get the rotation for free at the Firestone dealer that I bought my tires from and get the oil, lube, filter and top off all fluids for about $24
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Every 5k with oil change. Front to back and back to front. Directional tires. I do all svc myself so its free, sort of.
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My tire shop recommends to rotate every 6,000 to 7,500 miles. They do it for me for free on that schedule.
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Had a nail in my driver side rear so off to Discount I go (Flats fixxed free) and I went ahead and did the lifetime balance and rotate for 80.00.

It is a pain just doing my Jetta, so I did not want the hassel on the 3/4 ton crew cab.

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I can't rotate my tires without taking them off the wheels. So I don't do it. The front and rear wheels have a different offset.

'92 Z28 Camaro
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Originally Posted by davidd View Post
Here's the recommended tire rotation from the Tire and Rim Association......
Four (4) Tire Rotation

What tire rotation pattern should be followed? The Tire & Rim Association has identified three traditional rotation patterns covering most vehicles (equipped with non-directional tires and wheels which are the same size and offset).
  • On front-wheel drive cars, rotate the tires in a forward cross pattern (Figure A) or the alternative X pattern (Figure B)
  • On rear-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles, rotate the tires in a rearward cross pattern (Figure C) or the alternative X pattern (Figure B)
I disagree. In my opinion and experience (and I think what all the mfgrs recommend now and tire shops) Never change the direction of rotation - they will never balance well afterwards.

http://www.edmunds.com/ownership/how...5/article.html
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Most of my vehicles are every 5K miles. My tire shop does it free of charge.

I have 3 identical vehicles (Saab 9-5s) and two of them have the same tires on it. One has been rotated every 5K miles and the other has not had any rotations. Both cars are aligned and have been driven nearly the same mileage (20-25K miles).

The result?

The one without any rotations is showing some wear on the primary drive wheel, but otherwise shows no odd signs of wear on any of them.

The one with the rotations shows even wear and tread depth on all of them.

Some vehicles are harder on tires and require regular rotations to avoid odd wear. GM pickup trucks are horrible on tires (all the ones I have owned required regular rotations of the front tires would be torn up).
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At 76 I do a large part of my vehicle maintenance myself. I do my own tire rotation every couple of years. If unusual wear is detected I have my tire shop do a wheel alignment and or a wheel balance. And yes I watch the process to make sure it’s done right

If I do it myself then I know it’s done right. There are all sorts of “how to” sites on the internet for all kinds of auto services.

I just don’t trust most repair shops and especially don’t trust car dealerships.

Garett, I envy you having your two post lift to work off of.

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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
I disagree. In my opinion and experience (and I think what all the mfgrs recommend now and tire shops) Never change the direction of rotation - they will never balance well afterwards.

http://www.edmunds.com/ownership/how...5/article.html

Interesting, I do not put much stock in what Edmunds says but I have Dyna Beads in my trucks, dynamic balancing all the time and no nasty wheel weights to deal with. http://www.innovativebalancing.com/index.html
Another thing to consider is wheels are only be balanced in one direction at the tire stores so 2 of them are always going to run backwards from how they were balanced.

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