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Old 05-29-2009, 06:01 PM   #1
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Rotation, Rotation & Rotation

I've G670's purchased in 9/06 with 15k miles. Should I have rotated? Should I rotate? How to rotate? When the tires were only 6 months old I punctured a rear with a piece of volcanic rock. The tire shop put a plug in. It's on the drivers rear inside. Tom & Patty and everyone else,please advise and thanks

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Old 05-29-2009, 06:33 PM   #2
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Hi Chris,
I have never rotated coach tires. That's after 31 years of driving class A coaches. I watch the front end alignment like a hawk. Keep it aligned (if your chassis has it also include the thrust angle for the rear axle) and the tires balanced,
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I was going to rotate every 20,000. First time left rear two tires went to front, front went to left rear. Next rotation, which is due now, was to rotate right rear to front, front to right rear.

I wasn't noticing ANY issues: vibration, cupping, pulling before I rotated the first time. But I though I was going to shake the shower apart after I rotated, so obviously the front tires had cupped or become unbalanced - like the driver. It must have taken 10,000 miles before the ride got smooth again.

Now, aside from the cost I am wondering if it was worth all the trouble. I went to a Les Schwab's Tire Center who used the glass beads to balance. They don't dynamic spin wheels that large. I am wondering if it might have been a different experience if I could have found someone to spin balance the tires.

Also as I drove out of Les's I got an ABS yellow warning signal which took me weeks to resolve. Turns out one of the front wheel ABS sensors had slid away from the proximity gear and wasn't sensing the rotation. Easy fix - push it back in.

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I rotated my previous Toyos in the same manner -- front to left rear then front to right rear next time. I think
15,000 to 20,000 miles is fine for the rotation; at the rate you put miles on the tires you may only need one rotation before they get too old. I would do front to right rear since you're worried about the plug.

I had my rotation done at Les Schwab in Yakima. When I put the new Bridestones on a few weeks ago it was at Les Schwab in Junction City, OR. Both shops spin balanced the tries - both sets that were rotated, and in the case of the new ones, just the front tires.
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