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Old 07-20-2004, 01:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hello,
on a 1993 bmw 325i sedan, should the tires be rotated in an "x" pattern, or not at all as per Bentley manual?
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Eh, the whole rating tires thing with bmw's is kinda tricky. BMW actually says you should rotate the tires at all...something about the weight distribution making it unnecessary. However, most shops say you should rotate front to back only, which is what I do.
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I only do front to back as well.
Especially since my tires are unidirectonal and I don't want to have to install and balance during every tire rotation.
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yes, just do a front to back if you really do need to rotate your tires. If the treadwear is even with the front and back wheels, you probably don't need to bother with it. You want the tires with the most tread in the front so you have turning traction, and so you wont hydroplane and loose control in heavy rain.
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Hi everyone,
As always thanks for the feedback.. so,, not to sound dumb, but i should rotate from front to back not using the "x" pattern?? am i right??
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Yup, but if you don't have directional tires you could do the x pattern.
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I don't know if that's a good idea. BMW's have a lot of extra -ve rear camber which means the rear tires wear differently than the front. If you rotate regularly and don't drive too agressive you should be alright. But I wouldn't do this if you have lowered springs and 17" wheels. Also, this rotation is only possible if you have non-directional tires. Otherwise, you can only rotate front to rear and not in the "X" pattern"

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