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Old 04-10-2019, 10:38 AM
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Recommended 5 tire Rotation pattern

I noticed that the Quadratec site recommends a different 5 tire rotation compared to other sites and forums.

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I would like to use one of these 5 tire rotation patterns. Is it just a personal preference?

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Personal preference, they're both doing essentially the same thing.
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Hey there,

That is a preference and some shops do it differently. Both are doing the same just making sure that the tires are wearing equally.

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Appreciate your comments!

I didn't want to just assume it was simply personal preference. It made some sense to me to place the spare in a front position earlier in the rotation (assuming the spare is new).
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Once you pick one though, print off the diagram and keep it in your Jeep and if you ever have anyone else do them for you, put it on the seat and tell them to follow it.

As mentioned... either is fine... but you want to be consistent.

If you do the first one... then the second one... then the first one again... that same tire is back on the tire carrier.
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Once you pick one though, print off the diagram and keep it in your Jeep and if you ever have anyone else do them for you, put it on the seat and tell them to follow it.

As mentioned... either is fine... but you want to be consistent.

If you do the first one... then the second one... then the first one again... that same tire is back on the tire carrier.
Great point!
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I just go in a counter clockwise rotation.
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I just go in a counter clockwise rotation.
It's worth nothing that this is recommended by nobody at all.

Why not use one of the ones noted above?
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It's worth nothing that this is recommended by nobody at all.

Why not use one of the ones noted above?
It does the same thing as the others. Each tire spends the same amount of time on the road and all get placed in each corner. Also, much easier to track what tire goes where.
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It does the same thing as the others. Each tire spends the same amount of time on the road and all get placed in each corner. Also, much easier to track what tire goes where.
Yeah, you're probably right. I'm sure there's nothing to this and all these silly diagrams are just to make engineering nerds feel smug.
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Discount Tire recommends a 5-tire counter-clockwise pattern on their website. It does seem to be the easiest to remember and as long as a tire is rotated through every position, what does it matter?

The only possible downside to a CCW pattern that I can see it that a tire will spend two consecutive rotation periods on the front axle, which could increase wear if you have a toe or camber problem.
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Discount Tire recommends a 5-tire counter-clockwise pattern on their website. It does seem to be the easiest to remember and as long as a tire is rotated through every position, what does it matter?

The only possible downside to a CCW pattern that I can see it that a tire will spend two consecutive rotation periods on the front axle, which could increase wear if you have a toe or camber problem.
You are correct, but if you are rotating every 5000 miles, you should be able to spot uneven wear early and fix the issue. I have been doing this for 85,000 miles with this jeep and have not come across any issues.
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Discount Tire recommends a 5-tire counter-clockwise pattern on their website. It does seem to be the easiest to remember and as long as a tire is rotated through every position, what does it matter?
To be fair, the Discount Tire site only shows a single pattern for 5 wheel rotation and makes no accounting for FWD/AWD/4x4 etc.

Not to disparage them, but I don't think that was written by someone that knows what they're talking about.
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To be fair, the Discount Tire site only shows a single pattern for 5 wheel rotation and makes no accounting for FWD/AWD/4x4 etc.

Not to disparage them, but I don't think that was written by someone that knows what they're talking about.
It's possible that they do know what they're talking about and that there really isn't any meaninful concern over whether a vehicle is FWD/AWD/4x4. Some of those legends die hard. Logically there shouldn't be any difference due to the rotation pattern as long as each tire spends equal time in each position. There may be more to it, but absent any evidence logic is always a good place to start.

Some long-term testing would be the only way to evaluate objectively but I'm not aware of anyone who has done that.

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