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I went to get my tires rotated, my know it all husband said to be sure to tell them not to "X" the tires because they should just go front to back and vs. I said it does not make any difference. Who is correct?

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Audra Fordin, Owner at Great Bear Auto Shop Peggy, you are not wrong. Unfortunately, your husband is not wrong either. Yes, the rotation pattern is typically moving the back wheels to the front, and the front to the back, BUT crossing them when moving to the back. If you have a full size spare the rotation is a little more complex. Talk a look in your owners manual for your cars exact procedure. In my opinion, I think it is great that you are keeping up with the tire rotation period. That will prolong the life of your tires! Mechanically yours, Audra

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube He*s right rotating your tires every 6,000 to 7,500 will maximize the life of your tires.

Kristin Brocoff, Director of Corporate Communications at Peggy, great question. My husband and I tend to disagree on this as well. In a sense, you*re both right. The purpose of regularly rotating (and balancing if necessary) tires is to have more uniform wear and tear. There are a few popular rotation patterns, including the X pattern and front to back. Also, depending on whether you have front, rear or all-wheel drive, your manual may recommend different patterns. A great resource for rotation info is available at You can also see some great tire and general maintenance video tips on the CarMD YouTube site: Safe driving! Kristin Brocoff, Corp.

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto Hello Peggy - When radial tires were first introduced around 1970, X rotation of tires would cause tread and belt separation from the carcass. Most modern radial tires do not have this problem, but nearly all tire shops do only front-to-back rotation these days. Bias ply tires (nearly extinct) may still be X rotated. Hope this helps*Super Girls Auto

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Peggy, Look in your owner*s manual and then rotate your tires as the manufacturer tells you. It really depends on your vehicle and the tires. Lori Johnson

Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair Unless you have a directional tire, the tires should be crossed to the rear and the rear come straight to the front. You can look at the tires to see if there is an

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