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Old 06-26-2022, 03:14 PM   #1
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Tow Car tire rotation

I tow a 2014 Honda Civic CRV, four wheels down. How does the accumulated towing mileage affect tire rotation schedule for the tow car? Thanks. Hope this is not a crazy question.
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Old 06-26-2022, 05:34 PM   #2
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Miles traveled are tire miles whether the engine is running or not, so if you believe your tires should be rotated periodically, towed miles count. Personally I see very little difference in tire wear between tire positions, so I don't rotate on a regular basis anyway. Your mileage may vary...
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The tires on the toad only rotate when it's moving. If for some reason I had all four off I might swap ends but otherwise I don't bother.

The fronts wear faster when the toad (a CR-V) is driven, but not so much when towed. We tow it more than we drive it, by nearly a factor of two. I keep an eye on tread depth and replace as needed.
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I rotate tires on a regular basis. No special rotation needed.
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Old 06-26-2022, 06:49 PM   #5
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Since rear tires usually always wear even (unless you have some kind of rear tire problem), we like to get those tires to the front every 10,000 miles or thereabouts.
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Thank you all for help!
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Where I buy my tires, they give me free rotation for the life of the tires. Just tell them about the miles towed in addition to the odometer reading from the last rotation and they do it. I thought most tire shops did the same.
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You should really increase the frequency of tire rotation on a toad. At minimum, I would rotate every 5K. When a car is being toad, the fronts will wear differently than when being driven.
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I have over 30K on my tires. I'd say that 15K of that is while being a toad and are predominantly highway miles all together. I constantly watch my tires and just measured them today. I'm down from 11/32 to around 7/32 and there's absolutely no difference between the fronts and rears. The outside edges of the tread are the same, showing none of the usual wear that I'd see from city driving. I'm ready to rotate but can't see any reason to do ii, yet.
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I have over 30K on my tires. I'd say that 15K of that is while being a toad and are predominantly highway miles all together. I constantly watch my tires and just measured them today. I'm down from 11/32 to around 7/32 and there's absolutely no difference between the fronts and rears. The outside edges of the tread are the same, showing none of the usual wear that I'd see from city driving. I'm ready to rotate but can't see any reason to do ii, yet.
Toad tires are like trailer tires, you don’t really wear them down, they’ll just get aged.

On a toad, pulling straight ahead with gentle turns, should be easy on tires versus a vehicle under power where sharp turns may be involved.
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I just got out my handy tire tread gauge and checked. The toad's tire wear after ~20K of towing (easy to track because we never leave the toad behind) and maybe 12-13K driving is nearly even on all four corners. Three of them vary a 32nd or less across the tread of each tire and from tire to tire. For some reason, the LF has about a 32nd more tread than the other three (!), which is a bit odd because the fronts usually wear a bit faster because they are preferentially driven with Honda's AWD and also bear more steering-related wear whether towed or driven.

All installed in the same positions I put them in since new and each has 7-8/32nds remaining. When they get down to 4-5/32nds I'll replace them since the toad is also the winter rat.

YMMV, but for our toad I conclude that tire rotation, other than around the axle when it's in motion, is a waste of time and effort.
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Preparing to make an appointment for our 2013 CRV. When I had new tires put on last year I paid for lifetime balance and rotation, something I never did when I had a house and a floor jack.

I've always rotated the tires on all my cars. Only takes a few minutes to do. If you read the tire milage warranties they require that the tires be "properly maintained" and rotated regularly. I do it because front and rears do wear differently especially in front and rear wheel drive vehicles. It's been a year and a meandering trip across the US mostly as a toad and I noticed the fronts especially at the shoulders are wearing a little more than the backs. Time to rotate. YMMV.
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