Originally posted by Dick Carlson
Radials USED to be sensitive to direction after they'd been on the car for a while and common rotation was just front to back and not side to side. That problem is nonexistent now and radials can be rotated in the normal fashion. However, some high performance radials (like the OEM Bridgestones on the RX-8) have a directional tread pattern and in that case the direction of rotation should be noted and maintained. I don't believe there are ANY winter tires that are directional, but if they were they'd have the arrow on the sidewall.
Thanks for the info. It's what I thought was the case, but had never heard it anywhere so I wanted to verify. I think there might be a fair number of folks putting tires on vehicels for the first time on their own. Your information could be very valuable to them/me.
Thanks for taking the time to write it down