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Old 11-02-2012, 02:22 PM
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Run Flat Tires - Tire Rotation?

Folks. I have the stock run flat tires on my F30 328i. I didn't see anything about tire rotation in the owners' guide. In my pre-BMW days, I used to change the oil and rotate tires every 3k miles religiously.

Other than my new car break in oil change at about 1500 miles, I'm going to use the recommended BMW maintenance schedule.

BUT, none of the BMW material has any guidance on tire rotation. I'm trying to be a good owner and stay on top of my maintenance. I called my CA, and he said 'change it when you see abnormal wear'

Any thoughts?
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:38 PM
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Folks. I have the stock run flat tires on my F30 328i. I didn't see anything about tire rotation in the owners' guide. In my pre-BMW days, I used to change the oil and rotate tires every 3k miles religiously.

Other than my new car break in oil change at about 1500 miles, I'm going to use the recommended BMW maintenance schedule.

BUT, none of the BMW material has any guidance on tire rotation. I'm trying to be a good owner and stay on top of my maintenance. I called my CA, and he said 'change it when you see abnormal wear'

Any thoughts?
That's 15,000 miles, not 1,500!

Are the front/read wheels the same, or are they staggered? If the are staggered, then I don't think you don't want to rotate them. I don't remember seeing that info is in the manual either.

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Old 11-02-2012, 04:29 PM
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On page 185 of the user's manual it says don't rotate tires front to rear or vice versa.
If you have staggared tires, you can't do that anyway. If you can't rotate them f/r, there is no sense in shifting right/left, either.

BMW has not recommended tire rotation for decades (at least since my '91 525i.)

(User's manual downloaded from bmwusa.com.)

And if it's not clear from Frogman's post, BMW doesn't do break-in oil changes (other than on M cars.)
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:11 PM
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As long as you have a square wheel/tire set up and do not have directional tires you can rotate the tires with no problems. Just be sure to do it faithfully, as you said you do. The fact that BMW does not recommend tire rotation does not need to dissuade you at all from doing it.

Most of us more fanatical Bimmerfesters would recommend doing oil & filter changes at 7,500 mile intervals. If you want to go longer between oil changes it is still a good idea to do filter changes every 7,500 miles and, since the filter is right there on top, it is easy to do.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:00 PM
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On page 185 of the user's manual it says don't rotate tires front to rear or vice versa.
If you have staggared tires, you can't do that anyway. If you can't rotate them f/r, there is no sense in shifting right/left, either.

BMW has not recommended tire rotation for decades (at least since my '91 525i.)

(User's manual downloaded from bmwusa.com.)

And if it's not clear from Frogman's post, BMW doesn't do break-in oil changes (other than on M cars.)
I followed BMW's advice on my non-staggard wheels, but my buddy has his Z3 tires rotated at Costco to his heart's content. Same with my dad and his E46 3er Wagon.

I think BMW doesn't recommend because they design the suspension to wear the tires a certain way for better handling.
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