# Does direction matter on radial tires?

## Does direction matter on radial tires?

Now most tires are steel belted “radial” tires. They don’t have the same construction, and it is safe to change their direction of travel. It’s safe to swap them left to right, so that is recommended to move the tires all around the car over the course of a few rotations to even out the wear.

New tires, that require a certain direction of rotation, will have rotation arrows on them. Mickey Thompson radial tires are directional. They will have arrows on the sidewall showing the intended direction of rotation.

How do you know the direction of tires?

Directional tyres are marked on the side, i.e. on the tyre’s sidewall. You will see the word “Rotation” or “Direction” written here. Next to it, there is a small arrow which indicates the tyre’s forward direction (rolling direction).

### What direction do you rotate radial tires?

They must always be rotated front to rear — no matter the vehicle they are installed on — so the direction of the rotation does not change.

### What happens if I rotate radial tires the wrong way?

If you reverse the rotation, wet grip will suffer, braking distances will increase and you will lose cornering grip. Obviously the tires have worn unevenly, creating the buzz. If may be a good idea to have the alignment checked on the car and corrected if need be.

What happens if you put directional tires on backwards?

On directional tires, there’s an arrow on the sidewall of the tires — when correctly mounted, the arrow points toward the front of the vehicle. If directional tires get mounted backward, you won’t get the hydroplaning resistance and other performance driving benefits the tread is designed for.

#### Can I cross rotate radial tires?

You will also be able to see the tread on either side of the tire pointing inward to the center of the tread. If they do, this will dictate or supersede any crisscross-recommended rotation pattern for the tires. You will not be able to crisscross them and will have to rotate them front to back only.

#### How do I know if my tires are non directional?

Directional tires can be identified by an arrow on the sidewall of the tire indicating the intended rotational direction. Non-directional tires will not have this marking.

What happens if you run directional tires backwards?

A: No, you cannot change the rotation of a directional tire. A unidirectional tire has been designed to optimize its wet grip going in one direction. If you reverse the rotation, wet grip will suffer, braking distances will increase and you will lose cornering grip.

## How do you rotate steel belted radials?

Rotate the tires in a crisscross pattern on a rear-wheel, all-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle by crisscrossing the front tires to the rear axle. In other words, the left front would go to the right rear and the right front would go to the left rear.

## How often should radial tires be rotated?

During rotation, each tire and wheel is removed from your vehicle and moved to a different position to ensure that all tires wear evenly and last longer. Tires should be rotated every six months or 6,000 to 8,000 miles.

Can you rotate tires from left to right?

Directional tires have a one-way tread pattern optimized for the direction the tires rotate on the car – they’re specifically made for either the left or right side. To rotate directional tires, swap the front right tire with the back right tire and the front left tire with the back left tire.

### How do you tell if a tire is directional?

The easiest and most certain way to tell if a tire is directional is to examine the sidewall, and see if there is a “ROTATION” indication, as pictured here: All directional tires will have the rotation direction indicated on the outside tire sidewall .

### Are Michelin tires directional?

The stock Michelin Primacy MXM4 245/45R19 tires are not directional. They are, however, asymmetric. Directional tires must always rotate the same direction due to their tread pattern, and therefore once mounted on the wheels, have to stay on one side of the car.

Are directional tires better?

Directional tires (also called unidirectional) are better for performance cars — and traveling at high speeds — than tires with symmetrical or asymmetrical tread patterns. The tires channel water away efficiently for excellent hydroplaning resistance and deliver sporty performance on dry surfaces.

#### What are directional tires?

Definition. Directional tires are characterized by having a “directional” tread design, that is, a tread pattern designed to perform its best when rotating in one specific direction. Non-directional tires have a tread pattern that is designed to perform equally well regardless of the tires’ rotational direction.