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CarnationSailor

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Posted: 07/27/19 11:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Took my 2015 Silverado 2500 to the Chevy dealer for a regular oil and filter change, and tire rotation. The service writer told me the tires did not need to be rotated because the tires with the most tread were already on the rear. (I have 8/32's on the rear tires and 7/32's on the front tires.) I have never heard of such an idea. Any thoughts on this?

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I disagree with the service writer and would insist or even do the job myself. It seems that a few years ago businesses started with this line that you always have to have the tires with the most tread on the rear. So now when you buy tires with free rotation you can't actually get a free rotation. A 32'nd of an inch difference front to rear is a ridiculously small amount to deny rotation.

But I also remember a service writer friend who calculated that paying an half labor (say $50) for a tire rotation every 5,000 miles would cost a set of new tires by 60,000 miles. $50 times 12 services = $600 So it's possibly cheaper to just never rotate the tires and save the money for the replacements.

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Posted: 07/27/19 11:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sounds like a lazy service dept.
I get my vehicles serviced Every 6 months and may only have 2 or 3 thousand miles, they rotate tires every time. Rotating keeps wear even and tread edges from rounding off.


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I agree with the service writer.

I want the tires with the most tread on the back because they are the drive tires and wear the fastest. When towing the drive tires wear the fastest by a long shot.


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I forgot to say that when I bought the truck, it came with 20 complimentary oil & filter changes and 20 complimentary tire rotations. I think I still have about 17 of each left, so that makes the situation even more galling!

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It's a good idea to do it anyway so the wheels don't weld themselves to the brake disks and then you can't get them off when it comes time to change a flat. It also gives you a chance to inspect the bearings and calipers. You're greasing the caliper sliders and ball joints regularly, right? A'15 2500 has a bunch of grease zerks in the front end that require regular service.

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I suspect the reason your front tires have less tread then the back is because unloaded you have more weight on the front axel than on the rear. This is even more so if you are running a diesel.

Also, you and I live in some country that can get wet. If I am plowing through some water on the road I want the front tires which do most of the braking and steering to shed water well.

So if you think these apply to you I would rotate.

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Posted: 07/27/19 01:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Turtle n Peeps wrote:

I agree with the service writer.

I want the tires with the most tread on the back because they are the drive tires and wear the fastest. When towing the drive tires wear the fastest by a long shot.


Showing my age but back in the day, we were always told the best tires should be on on the front. Rear tires don't steer in wet weather and blow outs on the front are far more catastrophic. By rotating tires wear even.

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Posted: 07/27/19 01:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I get an e-mail from Discount tire ----Time to rotate and check air pressure

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rightlaneonly wrote:

Turtle n Peeps wrote:

I agree with the service writer.

I want the tires with the most tread on the back because they are the drive tires and wear the fastest. When towing the drive tires wear the fastest by a long shot.


Showing my age but back in the day, we were always told the best tires should be on on the front. Rear tires don't steer in wet weather and blow outs on the front are far more catastrophic. By rotating tires wear even.


This is a towing forum. Tires that have a lot of weight on them (from towing a TT or 5er or camper) wear the quickest. Trucks with a lot of torque (think of diesel trucks) really burn up the rear tires.

The whole idea of rotating tires is to have them all wear at the same rate. If the OP's tires with the most wear were already in the front there is no reason to put them on the rear for faster wear. That defeats the whole purpose of rotating them in the first place.

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