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Firestone told me they will do straight front to back for $20.

Firestone will do the first pattern from the left

Which is the recommended pattern?




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I always make sure to have each tire touch all four corners during the tire treadlife. I rotate and balance every oil change with Discount Tires since it it easier to keep it straight in my head that way (also use a smartphone app call RoadTrip to document with 3 vehicles). I switch between front-to-back, then left-to-right, and repeat every 9000-9500 mile oil change interval.

This only works with non-directional tires like the Conti DWS 06. Directional tires are usually front to back only. Sometimes tech get confused if you tell them cross-rotation. Front/back or side-to-side seems to confuse them less.
 

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This is pretty good link regarding tire rotation. That said, last time I switched the 2 fronts & then switched both sides front & back (not exactly what’s here).

To be totally honest, over 35+ years of long term ownership of only a handful of cars, I rarely rotated but found wear to generally be even if I kept the tires properly inflated & didn’t grind the outer front tire edges off with too aggressive of driving.
 

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Have been doing front to back and cross (from back) to the front.
 

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Some tires are directional so beware of cross rotations!
 

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I do front to rear and vice versa. Over 30 years on lots of cars and pick ups. No trouble and it helps the tires wear evenly. Every oil change.
 
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