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Old 12-23-2009, 01:11 AM
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proper tire rotation

I have an 04 LS 4X4 and my tires need to be rotated...

I've read a bunch of different articles on the proper way to do it

But which is the proper way? fronts to back, switch the front... blah blah blah... which is the best way for a 4X4
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:18 AM
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If you are running a stock tire, rotate according to the diagram in the owners manual.
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:21 AM
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Fronts to back on the same side they were on (drivers front to drivers rear, same for passenger). Backs to front on opposite (drivers rear to pass. front, pass rear to driver front). You can mix in the spare, but aesthetics demand otherwise...(black rim on my spare just doesn't go well with the rims on the truck!!). But yes, follow the diagram in the manual.

And be sure to adjust the air pressure accordingly.
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Old 12-23-2009, 12:53 PM
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From the 2003 manual - I just happened to have it open for another post.
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Old 12-23-2009, 03:50 PM
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I think the diagram above is only good for "regular tires".

Unfortunately for me my winters are 1 directional and can only be moved forward and back.

My summers are 1 directional and the front and rears and two different sizes so I cant rotate them.
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Old 12-26-2009, 01:22 AM
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DO NOT USE DIFFERENT SIZES ON A 4x4!!!

All tires need to be the same size, and most will argue that you cannot replace two bald tires out of 4 bald tires....need to replace all 4 to keep the outside diameter as close as possible.

When one axle turns a different speed than the other, the only weak link is the transfer case and something has to give, and will be your wallet.

But go by the diagram to answer your question.
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DO NOT USE DIFFERENT SIZES ON A 4x4!!!

All tires need to be the same size, and most will argue that you cannot replace two bald tires out of 4 bald tires....need to replace all 4 to keep the outside diameter as close as possible.

When one axle turns a different speed than the other, the only weak link is the transfer case and something has to give, and will be your wallet.

But go by the diagram to answer your question.
well your kinda right... thats really only true on a AWD not so much on 4x4. and thats only if your changing tires with more then a 4/32 difference in tread depth. but yes you are right if you have an awd and only replace anything lesss then 4 at a time you can do some serious damage to your vehicle. im an assistant manager at a Discount Tire here in houston and i have this conversations with Audi fans all the time. but as far as tire size goes yes you are right. if your tires are different sizes such as a staggard fitted vehicle they cannot be rotated... but im sure everyone knew that one.
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Old 12-26-2009, 01:46 AM
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Honestly I believe it depends on the center differential, in the case of the envoy, TB etc, they use a transfer case, others use a fluid differential which would allow for some slip.

I haven't been inside our transfer cases but I believe it's a mechanical linkage and different tire sizes would cause catastrophic failure.
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Old 12-26-2009, 08:57 AM
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My summer set up is 265/50/20 and 295/45/20 not that much difference.

Just follow the manual and you will be ok.
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