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My '10 Golf is approaching 5k miles and I'm thinking it's about time for a tire rotation. So what is a good recommended mileage interval for tire rotations? I used to always do it when I got my oil changed, but now that oil changes are in 10k mile intervals on the new Golfs, that's probably not the best for my tires. I know driving style plays a part too, but I was thinking like around 5k - 6k miles. Any thoughts?

Also, according to the manual, VW recommends tires be rotated only front to back, and not the normal criss-crossing method. Is there a good reason for this or should I continue to criss-cross?

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The interval really depends on how you are driving, but the criss-cross method was retired years ago, with the advent of radial belted tires.

Those belts to a certain degree "memorize" the direction of rotation. Reversing that can in extreme circumstances lead to internal tire failures. And of course some tires are designed (and marked) to be used in one direction only.

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They are directional, or unidirectional (same thing), tires. They should only be rotated front to back and back to front on the same side. This has to do with tread pattern more than tire design. When criss crossing the tires as usually done the rear tires will be moving in the opposite direction from when they were on the front. Due to the specific tread design this will cause abnormal wear but, probably more importantly, it will affect the tires ability to channel water. If you look at the tread you will see that it is designed with a specific pattern. If you reverse the tire the tread pattern changes.

Most tire treads are mirror images. Rotate the tire either way the tread pattern stays the same. Those are non directional tires.

I have 18K miles on my A3 and about ready to do my fourth rotation. The wear is excellent across the face of the tire. I feel very comfortable with the 5-6K recommendation from Audi.

Remember to watch tire pressures as well. More in the front to compensate for the extra weight of the diesel......I run the recommneded 41 front and 38 rear cold. Again excellent wear charateristics.

Peace.

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Tire Pressure for 2010 Golf

Just to be sure, you say run 41 psi in the front and 38 psi in the back and rotate about every 4500 miles. Are the Golf tires directional tires which means we rotate front to back and back to front. Just checking. Thank-you.
 
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