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Ram 1500/2500/3500: Tire Rotation Recommendations

Tires on the front and rear axles of vehicles operate at different loads and perform different steering, driving, and braking functions. For these reasons, they wear at unequal rates.

These effects can be reduced by timely rotation of tires.

The benefits of rotation are especially worthwhile with aggressive tread designs such as those on all season type tires. Rotation will increase tread life, help to maintain mud, snow and wet traction levels and contribute to a smooth, quiet ride.

Refer to the "Maintenance Schedule" for the proper maintenance intervals. More frequent rotation is permissible if desired. The reasons for any rapid or unusual wear should be corrected prior to rotation being performed.

The suggested rotation method is the "forward cross" shown in the following diagram. This rotation pattern does not apply to some directional tires that must not be reversed.

Tire Rotation Recommendations
Tire Rotation

Directional Tires - If Equipped

For the R/T package with 22" tires and wheels, the rotational direction of the tire must be taken into consideration when rotating the tires. The recommended rotation pattern for directional tires is shown below.

Tire Rotation Recommendations
Tire Rotation

Dual Rear Wheels - If Equipped

The tires used on dual wheel assemblies should be matched for wear to prevent overloading one tire in a set.

To check if tires are even, lay a straight edge across all four tires. The straight edge should touch all the tires.

Tire Rotation Recommendations
Tire Rotation

NOTE: If your vehicle is equipped with a Tire Pressure Information System (TPIS):

  • The Tire Pressure Information System (TPIS) uses unique sensors in the inner rear wheels to help identify them from the outer rear wheels, because of this, the inner and outer wheel locations can't be switched.
  • After a tire rotation is completed, as shown below, the system can auto learn the locations of each sensor ID.

    Auto learning/localization occurs when the vehicle ignition status is changed from Off to On and speeds of greater than 5 mph (8km/h) are obtained and remain over 5mph (8km/h) for at about a 15 minute period.

    You may need to drive for 20 minutes to account slower speeds and stops.

  • If the tires are rotated incorrectly, The Auto localization of the TPIS sensors will fail to locate correctly resulting in incorrect locations for the pressure values displayed in the Instrument Cluster.

CAUTION!

3500 Dual Rear Tires may only have one approved direction of rotation. This is to accommodate the asymmetrical design (tread pattern) of the On/Off- Road tire and the use of Outline White Letter (OWL) tires.

  • When replacing a flat, the spare tire may have to be remounted on the rim, or installed at a different location, to maintain the correct placement of the tire on the wheel relative to the tire/wheel position on the truck. For example, if the spare is used to replace an outer rear tire it will have to be remounted on the rim so that the wheel is dished inward. That way the tread design of asymmetrical tires and the white writing of the OWL tires will maintain proper position.

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