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Help! I have <B>Michelin MXV4 Energy Plus 205/55R16s</b> on Mimas rims on a 2002 S60 (with ~7000 miles). I got my tires rotated (yes, at the dealership), but they didn't rotate them to where I'd expected! (How do I know? I'm anal, so I wrote down the wheel weight amounts and each one's location with respect to the valve stem, just so I could make sure each wheel went to the right place.)<p>I didn't think these were directional tires (because they appear to be completely symmetrical from the inboard to outbard when you look at the treads), so I thought there was some criss-crossing when they rotated them. Backs go straight forward, and fronts go backward to the opposite sides, right?<p>They put the fronts both STRAIGHT back to the rears, no left-to-right criss-crossing. Weren't they supposed to put the fronts on the OPPOSITE rear side?!<p>Please help. I have to go back anyway for a part that's on order, so if this wasn't done properly, there's a chance I could get it fixed. Thanks in advance! <p>(P.S. For those of who who will say "Read the manual," I did, and didn't find any diagrams for "proper" tire rotation. There was nothing in my service/maintenance booklet, either.)<BR><BR>
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Re: Help! Tire Rotation - Do fronts go STRAIGHT back, or CRISS CROSS? (Lisa62)

Just did a quick search on google and came up with this... <A HREF="http://www.nebraskatire.com/tires_101/rotation.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.nebraskatire.com/tires_101/rotation.htm</a><p>I usually criss-cross the back tires to the front and put the front tires staright back is shown.
 

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Re: Help! Tire Rotation - Do fronts go STRAIGHT back, or CRISS CROSS? (mike_c70)

Thanks. That's a good page. If you look at the diagram right below the criss-cross one (which is what <I>you</I> do with yours), it shows the pattern that I just got as being "valid". (It says that fronts CAN go straght back and backs CAN go straight front.)<p><b>Anybody know if it's <I>better</I> to do it the criss-cross way for some reason, instead of the straight front and back?</b><p>(And by the way, I see that I had it backwards...the <I>rears</I> are the ones that criss-cross to the fronts, not the other way around, so in case any of you were going to set me straght, thanks, anyway! I now know I was wrong in that 1st post.)
 

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Re: Help! Tire Rotation - Do fronts go STRAIGHT back, or CRISS CROSS? (mike_c70)

But if your tires are directional, you should rotate front to back and keep on the same side.
 

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Re: Help! Tire Rotation - Do fronts go STRAIGHT back, or CRISS CROSS? (Carl Sims)

Thanks, Carl. Yes, I know, and thanks for clarifying. But I don't think they are! They sure don't look it. My question is "CAN you tell by looking?" Or is there some other property inherent to the tire that makes it "directional"? <p>Nowhere on the tire does it say "directional". (I see traction info, wear ratings, max psi, and so forth, but nothing about being directional.)
 

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Re: Help! Tire Rotation - Do fronts go STRAIGHT back, or CRISS CROSS? (Lisa62)

Volvo recommends front to back.<p>Yannis
 

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Re: Help! Tire Rotation - Do fronts go STRAIGHT back, or CRISS CROSS? (GrecianVolvo)

Directional tires have an arrow showing the tire rotation direction.<br>Normally I would say front to back, no criss cross.
 

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Re: Help! Tire Rotation - Do fronts go STRAIGHT back, or CRISS CROSS? (Johann)

Yannis and Johann,<br>Thank you. I'm glad to know that that's what Volvo recommends. <p>Thanks, all of you, for the quick lesson, and also, your comments are all much appreciated! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><BR><BR>
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Re: Help! Tire Rotation - Do fronts go STRAIGHT back, or CRISS CROSS? (Lisa62)

My nittos say left and right so for me front to back. I think directional tires would clearly state that.<p>~SpenceR~
 

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Re: Help! Tire Rotation - Do fronts go STRAIGHT back, or CRISS CROSS? (Lisa62)

I used to have directional tires (Sumitomos) but they wore out unevenly due to that front and back switch. I switched to regular tires now and do the criss-cross pattern to get a more even wear. Yes, you can always go straight front to back as well but unless your alignment is spoton you might eventually get uneven tire wear.
 

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Good thing you don't have assymetrical directional tires on directional swept spoke wheels and wider rear tires! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmileo.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Front to rear is usually a safe bet.
 
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