Lots of comments here, based on my own experiences over the years I have a question for members,
I see that many people base there tire rotations on mileage, would it not make more sense to do your rotations based on tire wear??? or another way to put it, rotate based on the differences in tire wear (uneven tire wear) between the 4 tires? Isn't mileage arbitrary? This would assume a 4 tire rotation and would not work well if a person was doing a 5 tire rotation. Like I said in a earlier post, my current P/U truck I have been fortunate enough to do 1 rotation, when the rear tires (which wear slightly quicker than the fronts, being rear wheel drive) are down to about 50 %, the front would still be near 60%, do a front to rear rotation and allow the tires wear down again. at the end of the tire life, all 4 are typically within 1/32 - 2/32". At that point I replace them. My last set of tires were Michelin AT-2 (LT265-70-17) and lasted 103,000 km, 64,000 miles. I did the first and only rotation on that set at 30,000 miles.
My argument here is if I chose to do 5000, or 10,000 mile rotations I would still be replacing them at about the same mileage. I understand this may not work for every application, and doesn't, just showing an example where I believe mileage does not need to dictate rotations. Comments.
Another observation, a high mileage vehicle that gets tire rotations every 5,000 miles, next thing you know the center caps go missing because the threads are worn out and the self tapping fasteners no longer hold and your lug nuts are butchered and need replacement..