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Very helpful! :)

Bought my truck 7 months ago, rear tires are worn a little more then the fronts. Want to know if I should rotate them to even out, or leave them alone.
 

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Rotating tires should be done before the wear becomes uneven. Rotating them after can accellerate the wear on all 4 vs the 2 that are already behind... if it's a noticeable difference.

Proper inflation and rotating are free ways to increase mileage and value by prolonging usable life of your tires as well as providing consistent performance. It will also alert you to signs of maintenance/alignment issues.

Think of rotating your tires every time you change your oil as many let the 3-5k slip to 7k or more. 5-10k miles per rotation is a good idea. Check your air pressure before you drive in the morning (to ensure you are getting a cold tire pressure reading) once a month.

Excessive rear tire wear on trucks is often due to a heavy right foot more than anything else. A truck that carries a load or trailer often will be wear differently.
 

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Very helpful! :)

Bought my truck 7 months ago, rear tires are worn a little more then the fronts. Want to know if I should rotate them to even out, or leave them alone.

you'd better rotate them... every 5K miles.

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For normal driving the dub cab front and rear tires wear about the same. Uneven wear, the kind resulting from worn shocks or allignment problems, can accentuate the wear. Rotating tires with normal wear or inflation issues can extend the life of a set of tires. Its like the doc says though. The amount of wear depends. How do you drive? If you are a student that is constantly driving around a parking lot looking for that one space your fronts will wear more. If you commute 10 miles each way to work each day and you live and work near a freeway you may never have to rotate them. If you are really concerned you inspect your tires every month or so. If you aren't you just take your chances and live with the consequences.
 

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There is no standard wear pattern ... Depending on usage characteristics and the impact of alignment and other factors, any tire(s) may wear faster than the others ....
 

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Yeah...its like Math. Questions with more than one variable don't always have simple answers.

Might as well ask: "How often are you supposed to change the oil?"
 

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"when the viscosity is no longer able to protect at an adequate level" :p

Hahahahahaha
 

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Now, on the other hand, if what you are really asking is: "Is there a difference in the tread wear of my truck because it is a 4 door as opposed to a two door because of possible differences in weight distribution? The answer is no. The added cab space weighs the same amount (within 100 lbs. or so which is shared by 4 tires) as the portion of the bed that it displaces. Once the truck becomes heavier because of increased mass, like a 4Runner or a 5Runner or a 2Runner with bricks in the bed, the tires wear about the same as those on a lighter vehicle because the increased weight on a heavier vehicle is offset by the wear created by "wheel spin" or decrease in traction of a lighter vehicle. At that point the difference becomes one of gas mileage. Wanna know which one gets better mileage? It depends.
 

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... the tires wear about the same as those on a lighter vehicle because the increased weight on a heavier vehicle is offset by the wear created by "wheel spin" or decrease in traction of a lighter vehicle. At that point the difference becomes one of gas mileage. Wanna know which one gets better mileage? It depends.
The answer is obvious: Everything being equal, a lighter vehicle gets better
gas millage.
 
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