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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, tire rotation in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; When I rotated my stock Pilot Sport tires today, side to side, I noticed the outer treads are curved so ...
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    tire rotation

    When I rotated my stock Pilot Sport tires today, side to side, I noticed the outer treads are curved so if they point forward on one side they will point backward when moved to the other side. Now, on one side both front and back have tread curved forward and on the other side it points back. There is no notation on the sidewall that these are directional tires so am I correct in assuming that these tires can be used on either side?

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    Rotating these tires side to side ain't gonna increase your longevity so there is no point in doing it. To my knowledge they are not uni-directional.

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    Re: tire rotation

    Just checked and my Cadillac owner manual says that "tire rotation is not recommended if the vehicle has 255/40R19 tires in front wheels and 285/35R19 on the rear wheels"
    During my last service visit my dealer rotated the tires side to side.
    WTF? Now I have to go back to the dealer to swap them again.
    I guess Cadillac dealers really knows how to service our V's.

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    Re: tire rotation

    Quote Originally Posted by vagondr View Post
    When I rotated my stock Pilot Sport tires today, side to side, I noticed the outer treads are curved so if they point forward on one side they will point backward when moved to the other side. Now, on one side both front and back have tread curved forward and on the other side it points back. There is no notation on the sidewall that these are directional tires so am I correct in assuming that these tires can be used on either side?
    Yes, although I would tend to agree with Kluch that there's probably little to no benefit.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tedboss1 View Post
    Just checked and my Cadillac owner manual says that "tire rotation is not recommended if the vehicle has 255/40R19 tires in front wheels and 285/35R19 on the rear wheels"
    During my last service visit my dealer rotated the tires side to side.
    WTF? Now I have to go back to the dealer to swap them again.
    I guess Cadillac dealers really knows how to service our V's.
    There is zero reason to go back to the dealer and "unrotate" the tires. They're non-directional, they're perfectly fine where they are.
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    Re: tire rotation

    There is zero reason to go back to the dealer and "unrotate" the tires. They're non-directional, they're perfectly fine where they are.
    I agree. I will leave the tires on as they are for now.
    Anyway soon it will be time to put the winter tires on.

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    Re: tire rotation

    It's ok to swap the left to right PS2s but there's usually no reason. I did swap my front PS2s because after 2 VIR days the left shoulders of both tires were more heavily worn than the right shoulders (since most of the hard turns are VIR are right hand). Plus I take more hard right turns on my daily commute.

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    Re: tire rotation

    Just so you know, these tires aren't directional... The only consideration with the PS/2s is that the tires are labeled with "Outside" on the portion of the tire that should be exposed to the outside of the vehicle...

    Tire rotations are pointless.

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    Re: tire rotation

    There is a small benefit to "rotating" tires side to side and that's a quieter ride when the tires reach the 2nd half of their lives if you will. The leading edge of each tread block will wear faster than the trailing edge and round off. After so many miles, the leading edges will feather and get louder and louder. Swapping them side to side evens the wear. No real benefit in mileage increase or traction. I swapped mine at 10,000 miles (last week!) to keep them as quiet as possible. It's also a great time to detail the barrel of the wheels and brakes. I also removed my calipers for a thorough cleaning. Yes, I'm a little OCD !

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    I tend to take more hard right hand turns than left. A bit of a binky issue with me. I just feel more confident being on the side of the car receiving the lateral g.

    I've noticed it more in my Town Car's tires than I ever did in my V's...

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    Re: tire rotation

    No sense in rotating the side to side, sometimes they wear in on the side they are on and the car drives funny if you rotate them side to side, just went through that with my car, it had a bad pull to the right after rotating them and I put them back the way they were today and now the car drives fine.

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    Rotating often keeps that from happening...

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