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Old 04-15-2021, 11:33 AM #1
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wheel rotation

limited full wheel drive,

I read many posts and not sure what is the best way to rotate,
is it back to front.

or is it front crossed to back and back to front


I have rotated my tires using the second option, but now I am noticing that the car is wandering a lot on the highway especially if the road has grooves.
I have the Yokohama Geolander G96 stock tires with 14K on them.

I will definitely check the alignment as well, but I dont recall the car playing too much on the highway before the tire rotation.

It is not pleasant at all driving on the highway.

any one experienced this??
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Personally, I've never really been a fan of cross rotating tires although I've been told that when you have a MT tire it should be cross rotated. Not sure how true that is...

More than likely you're due for a alignment and balancing on all 4 tires. Make sure you let them know your vehicle was not pulling prior to the rotation so they are aware. It is good practice to align and balance at least once a year or every 10-20K miles as preventive maintenance.
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Cross-rotating can sometimes cause weird handling behavior, and if I recall correctly, manual states to not cross and just rotate front to back.

Alignment check is still a good thing and I'd do it.
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I have a limited and I rotate front to back.
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Left front to right rear, right rear to right front, right front to left rear , left rear to left front. Fronts criss cross to rears, rears move straight forward.


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The Toyota 4Runner Owner's Manual, under Do-It-Yourself Maintenance: Tires specifies that tire rotation should be front to back (keeping tires on the same side).
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What @Bossman said.
I’ve been rotating front to back, same side with good results. With a good alignment my tires wear evenly and they rarely need to be balanced.

I used to take them in to the Americas Tire shop for each rotation. They’d rebalance each tire and often goof up one or more, requiring me to make a repeat trip to complain and get another re-balance attempt.

If they’re in balance now I just rotate them myself and leave well enough alone.

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What @Bossman said.
I’ve been rotating front to back, same side with good results. With a good alignment my tires wear evenly and they rarely need to be balanced.

I used to take them in to the Americas Tire shop for each rotation. They’d rebalance each tire and often goof up one or more, requiring me to make a repeat trip to complain and get another re-balance attempt.

If they’re in balance now I just rotate them myself and leave well enough alone.

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The question is I have 20 tires but I dont want to use the spare. So do I just do front to back?
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The question is I have 20 tires but I dont want to use the spare. So do I just do front to back?
Yeah just do front to back. There's no harm in not including the spare into the rotation.
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The question is I have 20 tires but I dont want to use the spare. So do I just do front to back?
As @ahtoxa11 said, front to back. I believe that 20 inch spare rotation was shown because the Limited spare is a matching alloy wheel. The other trims have steel spares.

I saw a post where someone did a cost analysis of buying 5 new tires instead of 4, and doing a 5 wheel rotation pattern. After considering the extended tire mileage of 5 and the replacement costs of 4 vs 5, the total cost was almost the same.

And I think the assumption was that you already had a matching alloy wheel for the spare. If not, there’s another expense against going to 5 wheel rotation. Then if you decide to change tire brands or sizes...
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i do 5 tire rotation and replaced my steel rim with the alloy rim and new tpms. it's a 2020 sr5

here's how i do it.
spare go to rear passenger
rear passenger goes to the passenger front
passenger front goes to rear driver
rear driver goes to the front driver
front driver becomes the spare.
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I believe that 20 inch spare rotation was shown because the Limited spare is a matching alloy wheel. The other trims have steel spares.
My 2011 Limited does not have a matching alloy wheel that can be put into the rotation. Earlier Limited models (2010-2013) had a 20 inch yellow rim.

Does my Limited come w/ a matching spare wheel?

Limited Edition 20" Wheels / Extra Spare

My Owner's Manual shows only front to back (same side) rotation.
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