Tyre rotation

Submitted: Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 at 19:23
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I have an Xtrail with good tyres on the rear with plenty of tread and tyres on the front with about 10000kms left in them . I tow a 14 ft caravan. My question is in regard to tyre wear whilst towing. Do the rear tyres wear more quickly than the front? Would I be better to rotate the rear to the front or just leave them as they are? Thanks johno
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 at 19:59

Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 at 19:59
Johno,

Just need to ask yourself which tyres have the most bearing on where you, and the XTrail, are going. Especially if you've got the family on board.

What's your spare like? If it's good then buy a 4th tyre and you'll have a safe set, and 2 reasonable spares.

No good saying I should've bought new tyres, after you've had a massive drama.

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Reply By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 at 21:25

Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 at 21:25
Is the Xtrail full time 4 WD?

If so you'll have to change them all at the same time.
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Reply By: Member - mechpete - Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 at 21:52

Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 at 21:52
always put your best tyres on the front ,
to lessen the chance of a tyre failure causing an accident due to lack of steering
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Reply By: Les PK Ranger - Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 at 07:22

Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 at 07:22
I would rotate all 5 tyres at service.
If you want to upgrade to new tyres of a different brand / type, you are going to be better with the spare replaced same time as well.

If your tyres are non directional, the standard 5 wheel rotate diagram can be used when servicing.

Now directional tyre rotate for the 4 fitted wheels is normally front to back and vice versa leaving them on the same side . . . what to do with the spare with directional tyres fitted all round ?

Surely a directional spare will only be able to be put on one side of a vehicle . . . and to enable the 2nd half of its life to wear the same on the other side of the vehicle, you'd need to have it removed and turned to go on the other side ??

Always wondered if you had to go to that hassle, but expect so to get 5 tyres to wear evenly.
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Reply By: Member - Grundle (WA) - Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 at 17:09

Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 at 17:09
The tyres on the back will have more load on them while towing.I always run the best tyres on the front and try to buy two new ones at a time.This enable you to only buy one and use your spare.Pick the best and use that as a spare.If you change brands your not stuck with a new tyre as a spare.

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Reply By: mikehzz - Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 at 19:39

Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 at 19:39
99% of the time an xtrail is front wheel drive so the fronts will wear faster than the rears.
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 at 20:13

Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 at 20:13
mikehzz
Exactly what i was going to mention.
The tyre wear will rate on the front will increase because of slippage and scrabbling for grip. The rears although loaded more won't be wearing as fast.

If used in 4wd, if there is a large difference in tyre size there may be wind up so close watch on evenness of tyre tread depth is a good idea.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 at 20:17

Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 at 20:17
When you lock an xtrail in 4wd it unlocks itself when it hits around 40kph. It can be a problem when tackling a big sand dune.
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Reply By: Freshstart - Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 at 21:11

Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 at 21:11
I would put the best "steering" tyres on the front.

And may I suggest that you work out a system of getting all tyres to the same or similar wear state and rotate all tyres, including any spares, at every service.

We have two complete sets of five rims with AT's on one set and one step up muddies on the other. The wheel are rotated every time we change sets and at every services (10Kms apart). Bothesets are in good nick and wear appears identical and even on all tyres.
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Reply By: Steve - Thursday, Sep 04, 2014 at 01:42

Thursday, Sep 04, 2014 at 01:42
Recently bought a new tyre and the fitter said the tendency these days is to rotate on the same side only so as not to reverse wearing pattern by crossing them over. Anyone else come across this?
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Follow Up By: Freshstart - Thursday, Sep 04, 2014 at 08:00

Thursday, Sep 04, 2014 at 08:00
I thought that was just for "directional" tyres that had to stay on the one side. We had them on the car years ago.
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