I just bought new tires for my car and included was free tire rotation every 7,500 miles for the life of the tires.
I have heard many things about tire rotation, including:
- it's a worthless practice, don't bother
- tires should never be rotated from one side of the car to another (something about the tires rotating in the opposite direction and the belts inside shifting)
- tires should always be rotated in an X pattern (front tires straight back, back tires get swapped and put on the front)
Is there any real value in rotating the tires? is it just about evenly distributing the wear of the tread on the tire? Can this be achieved just through careful monitoring of the tire pressure and alignment of the car?