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My tires have a directional tread pattern, and as I understand it, this is to channel water away when driving on wet pavement. So if I don't drive the car when it's wet, can I flip the tires around on the rims to get extra wear out of them?
 

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I wouldn’t flip them so they rotated incorrectly. Not driving the car when it’s wet sounds like a good idea, but you can’t count on that. You could mount them on the other side of the car to get the outside on the left on the inside on the left. But shouldn't your tires be wearing uniformly if they are properly inflated and your alignment is correct? And how much “extra” wear can you really get? I would buy new tires and make sure my alignment and inflation was to specs.
 

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Matty,
To do this right you need a tire shop and a bit of time. If theoretically the rims stay where they are on the car, just take the tires from the left side rims and put them on the right side rims (just make sure they point the right way!). Same thing for the other side.
 
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