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Old 06-11-2013, 12:11 PM
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Tire rotation

Was just curious how often I should rotate my tires! I'm running mud tires.... I heard every 5,000 miles?!?!
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:27 PM
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That's a good number to use. Any more often and it becomes a PITA. Any less often and you increase the risk of the tires wearing unevenly.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:28 PM
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I rotate mine every other oil change (10k), and I just do front to rear (no diagonal). I don't know if I'm doing it correctly but I've been running M/T tires for about 15 years and I always get good wear out of them. Also, they stay fairly quiet and smooth.
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:20 PM
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You bet. I also use a trick my dad taught me to make sure I have the correct PSI in front and correct in rear (they aren't the same since there is less weight over the rear). Find a smooth level parking lot. Use chalk to make a 2-inch wide mark all the way across your tire tread. Drive forward (or backward) several feet, then check the chalk marks. If the chalk is only worn in the middle, take some air out. If it is worn on the outsides, add some air. You have the right pressure when the chalk wears evenly all the way across. If you do this with a new set of tires, then rotate (and adjust the front/rear air pressures accordingly) every 10k, you will have none of the complaints about mud tires that others have.
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:02 PM
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Dang.... I think I'll have to try that! Good info...
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:58 PM
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You bet. I also use a trick my dad taught me to make sure I have the correct PSI in front and correct in rear (they aren't the same since there is less weight over the rear). Find a smooth level parking lot. Use chalk to make a 2-inch wide mark all the way across your tire tread. Drive forward (or backward) several feet, then check the chalk marks. If the chalk is only worn in the middle, take some air out. If it is worn on the outsides, add some air. You have the right pressure when the chalk wears evenly all the way across. If you do this with a new set of tires, then rotate (and adjust the front/rear air pressures accordingly) every 10k, you will have none of the complaints about mud tires that others have.
Agreed. Only thing I could add is to get your tires up to temp beforehand.
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:48 AM
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So I just got a new truck and was wondering the same thing...where do I get my tires rotated if I do my own oil change? Does Ford do them on new vehicles or do you have to pay? I had tires from Discount Tire and they did them since I can remember so I have not had to deal with this before.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:52 AM
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Agreed. Only thing I could add is to get your tires up to temp beforehand.
Dad would be disappointed that I left that out.

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So I just got a new truck and was wondering the same thing...where do I get my tires rotated if I do my own oil change? Does Ford do them on new vehicles or do you have to pay? I had tires from Discount Tire and they did them since I can remember so I have not had to deal with this before.
I'm not sure, I do mine myself. Put the back axle on a couple stands and use a floor jack to lift first one side then the other up front. It only takes about 30 minutes or so and I do that while my oil drain plug is out.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:06 AM
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yea I get my rotated and balanced every time...
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