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Old 12-18-2004, 02:56 PM   #1
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Have a Nice Day? I have 4 right side tires! Help with tire direction.

I have Dunlop Sport A2's, and I just had a car inspection for my new vehicle. Well my friend did the inspection, and I watched. I was looking at the tire (at this point, the rear driver) and was looking at the thread pattern, and said "Is this tire going the right direction?" My friend checks the tire, and notices that the direction indicator (Its like a little arrow with a D in it, right?) is pointing backwards. I checked the passenger side, and those are pointing fowards. Then I checked the driver front, and that one is point backwards as well. What gives?? I just got the car, and the last owner said he got new tires in febuary, I have all the paperwork, and he got it done at Sears I think, and got the warranty, if that matters.

How is this gonna affect my driving? And what should I do about it? I just thought, 'hey, I can get a shop to flip the driver tires' but then I remember reading 'This side pointing out' on the tire.
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Old 12-18-2004, 03:34 PM   #2
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have u driven the car? you should take it to them and point out its going the wrong way lol and they should be able ot turn them around for ya since its there mistake
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Old 12-18-2004, 03:49 PM   #3
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I been driving it for a week, and the guy before me has been driving it since Febuary. The problem with just turning them around is that I can not. The tires have a Directional stamp, and a 'This side out' stamp. All 4 tires are exactly the same, which gives me this above problem. The passenger points foward, and the drivers point backwards. If I were to flip them, the drivers would still point backwards. If I were to take the tires off the rims, and turn them 'in side out', then the 'This Side Out' stamp is pointing inwards.
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Old 12-18-2004, 04:15 PM   #4
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A2's are not a directional tire. You're just looking at Dunlop's logo, not a rotation indicator. If the arrow was supposed to indicate the tire's direction of rotation, it would have been clearly marked as being for that purpose. As long as the correct side is facing out (and you said that all four are), you're fine.

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Old 12-18-2004, 04:17 PM   #5
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That's what he's saying. Take the car back to where they were installed and have them remove two of them from the wheels that are backwards and flip them around.

This is a very bad thing. Directional treads are meant to face that way for a reason. Wet traction will be severely compromised, and emergency braking may induce a slide since one side's tires will be more effective than the other.

Get this fixed immediately, even if you have to pay to have the two tires flipped around.
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Old 12-18-2004, 04:23 PM   #6
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A2's are not a directional tire. You're just looking at Dunlop's logo, not a rotation indicator. If the arrow was supposed to indicate the tire's direction of rotation, it would have been clearly marked as being for that purpose. As long as the correct side is facing out (and you said that all four are), you're fine.


HAHA, thanks dude. Thats exactly what it looked like. I didnt think about a logo. But I saw D with an arrow.. and directional started with D. Thanks for the input
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Old 12-18-2004, 04:26 PM   #7
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That's what he's saying. Take the car back to where they were installed and have them remove two of them from the wheels that are backwards and flip them around.

This is a very bad thing. Directional treads are meant to face that way for a reason. Wet traction will be severely compromised, and emergency braking may induce a slide since one side's tires will be more effective than the other.

Get this fixed immediately, even if you have to pay to have the two tires flipped around.
The tires aren't backwards! THEY ARE NOT DIRECTIONAL. There is no left and right, but one side needs to be facing out, and they are already mounted that way.

You're fine. Don't touch them.
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Old 12-18-2004, 04:41 PM   #8
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Sorry, BottomFeeder jumped in with the right answer. Back to your 100% correct tires.
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Old 12-19-2004, 11:14 PM   #9
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LMAO.

Best. Thread. Evar.
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Old 12-20-2004, 08:44 AM   #10
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(Its like a little arrow with a D in it, right?) .
they are not directional tires .... the arrow thingy with the D is Dunlops logo
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Old 12-20-2004, 09:03 AM   #11
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they are not directional tires .... the arrow thingy with the D is Dunlops logo
Yeah, I figured that out. Thanks a lot Luke!!

Hey, I don't know jack about tires, and a little arrow with a D on it could be directional! It could!

I think its a logo made to fool the public!
(and make newbies ask stupid questions)

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Old 12-20-2004, 04:26 PM   #12
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believe it or not I hear the same directinal comments about Dunlop tires quite often .... I think that it has been atleast 50 times this year alone .... that means I hear it about 4 times a month
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