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Tire rotation?

How often are the tires on the Smart supposed to be rotated? The interval is not stated in the owners manual. I read in a thread that some suggest not even rotating but I don't know... Anyone know the correct answer.
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You can not rotate from front to back. Differant size tires. You can do one of two things.

1) buy same size tires that are on the back and mount them on new rims

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2) do what I do rotate side to side every 5,000 miles. My tires are wearing even after 12,000 miles doing this.
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If you install the same size tires on all four wheels they you certainly can rotate them both front to back and side to side - provided that they are not 'directional' tires - in that case they can only be rotated front to back and vice versa.

With the OEM tires it really does not do much good to rotate them side to side unless there is an alignment problem. If you want to rotate side to side, then to be most effective they should be dismounted and remounted reversing them on the wheel so that the rotation direction ends up to be the same and so that the worn inside of the tread will now be on the outside.

As to how often you should rotate - well that is up to your discretion. If they are wearing evenly then there is no reason to rotate. If not it all depends on how fast and how much uneven wear is taking place.
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Tire rotation?

Can't resist this. . . .

My tires rotate every time I drive, don't yours?
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I have been tracking my tire wear at the shoulder sipes with a depth gauge. The inner shoulders of the fronts are wearing twice as fast as the outer shoulders. The wider rears are wearing evenly from side-to-side (in spite of the permanent 2º negative camber) and much slower than the fronts. It can’t be eyeballed; it has to be done with a depth gauge.

If my numbers continue as-is, I will look to reverse the fronts on the rims at about 23,000 miles (3-year service) and look for a total of about 46,000 miles until they are at their allowable 1.6mm depth. That will be about 6 years of use, the time when some (including smart) recommend that they should be retired on age. Rears too.

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You can have them flipped on the rims
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Can't resist this. . . .

My tires rotate every time I drive, don't yours?
Wish I said that....I put 95,000 miles on a set of Michelins with the wife's old Voyager van. never did rotate them and they had to pound the rims off the truck as they were rusted on after 6 years.

Rotating tires is only needed if they are wearing unevenly
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So what is the correct thing to do? What do most people do? This is my first car so I dont' know much about rotating tires cuz you don't do that w/ motorcycles. Seems like nobody knows.
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So what is the correct thing to do? What do most people do? This is my first car so I dont' know much about rotating tires cuz you don't do that w/ motorcycles. Seems like nobody knows.
Go with the guidance in your owners manual.
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So what is the correct thing to do? What do most people do? This is my first car so I dont' know much about rotating tires cuz you don't do that w/ motorcycles. Seems like nobody knows.

I used to work in the tire industry and here's what I would recommend (I'm doing the same myself).

DON'T ROTATE AT ALL!!! Just wear them out, then replace them. When you finally do replace them, go with all four the same size. When you do get a 2nd set of tires, go a little extra wide for not only stability but also to get out of the uncommon OE tire size that's on there now.

You live in CA so you don't need the snow/ice traction like we do in MN. Just run them down to the wear bars and get new ones. Don't flip the tires. Don't rotate side to side. Just keep them where they are and wear those Contis out. Then when it's time to get new one, get back on here and we'll give you advices on your next tire purchase. Good luck.
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