Tyre Rotation - Syncros

Tyre Rotation - VW Syncro

by Bill Davidson

Why Rotating your Volkswagen Syncro tyres is important

The Vanagon T3 / T25 Syncro owner's manual (1990) shows a 4 wheel rotation. The rear tires go to the front, the the front tires go to the rear. The manual also states "Tires should always remain on the same side of the vehicle." Tire shops tell me this is bunk, left over from when radial tires were relatively new and reversing their rotation could harm the sidewalls. That is not the case nowadays. That said, I have been following the recommended pattern in the owner's manual and working in my two spares by taking my fronts to spare and then the spares to rear.

 

However, thinking about a Westfalia and how the weight is all on one side I imagine that the wear pattern will be different on the two sides, and that could be a problem for Syncros. (I know how the load is distributed makes a difference to a good alignment man.) Because of that, I may begin to do a pattern that gives them some time on each side of the vehicle. I don't think I have so many miles on them yet that it will be too late. This pattern will go as follows:

 

I don't think the pattern matters much as long as you make sure each tire gets to all the the positions eventually and for an equal amount of time. It's also important that you keep using the same patter of rotation. You may wish to take the appropriate drawing above and put it into the owner's manual.

You want to make sure that the tires aren't marked 'Rotational'. (This shouldn't be a worry for most of us, but some might be running funky tires.) If tires are marked 'Rotational', they have to stay on the same side of the car because the tire is designed to rotate in one direction (at speed). This marking is mostly seen on performance tires


T3 T25 VW SYNCRO 4-WHEEL TYRE ROTATION SEQUENCE4-Wheel Rotation for VW Syncro

4 Wheel/tyre rotation


•    right rear to right front
•    right front to left rear
•    left rear to left front
•    left front to right rear

 

 

T3 T25 VW SYNCRO 5-WHEEL TYRE ROTATION SEQUENCE

5-Wheel Rotation for VW Syncro

A 5-wheel/tyre rotation would go as follows:


•    right rear to right front
•    right front to spare
•    spare to left rear
•    left rear to left front
•    left front to right rea

 

T3 T25 VW SYNCRO 6-WHEEL TYRE ROTATION SEQUENCE

6-Wheel Rotation for VW Syncro


A 6-wheel/tyre rotation would go as follows:


•    right rear to right front
•    right front to spare 1
•    spare 1 to left rear
•    left rear to left front
•    left front to spare 2
•    spare 2 to right rear