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Old 12-18-2002, 04:46 PM   #1
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Default Costco Free tire/rotation policy?

Do you have to have a current membership to get the free rotation on tires bought at Costco? I was thinking of buying some tires but I don't know if I will keep my membership after it expires this year. Thanks.
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Old 12-18-2002, 04:48 PM   #2
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they will do it as long as you have your tire receipt... costco has great customer service
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Old 12-18-2002, 05:04 PM   #3
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Default Costco Free tire/rotation policy?

most cars are front wheel drive right?...so if u have 2 good tires and 2 crappy ones...
should u put the 2 good new ones on the front and the crap behind?..reverse if ur rear wheel drive?
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Old 12-18-2002, 05:35 PM   #4
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they will do it as long as you have your tire receipt... costco has great customer service
Actually they will do it as long as you have a membership. It appears balancing/rotation is now a costo benefit.
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Old 12-18-2002, 05:41 PM   #5
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most cars are front wheel drive right?...so if u have 2 good tires and 2 crappy ones... should u put the 2 good new ones on the front and the crap behind?..reverse if ur rear wheel drive?
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Old 12-18-2002, 05:41 PM   #6
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yes but that benefit would be in effect for the life of the tires which he bought while he was a member. just call and ask.. i'm sure they will do it for you
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Old 12-18-2002, 05:49 PM   #7
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Default Costco Free tire/rotation policy?

Be aware of why companies provide free rotation, etc. It's an opportunity to get your car in the shop and "inspect" for other problems. Most business are relatively honest. However, it's always possible they will try to sell you other repairs you don't really need. If you don't know enough to be sure, get a second opinion before letting them do more work.

Relative to tire rotation - there are many theories. With newer front wheel drive cars and radial tires, most people recommend doing a direct front to rear rotation every 10,000 miles or so. Unless there is something bad with your brake disks or something, you shouldn't need a rebalance when doing this.

I know it sounds logical to put the best tires on the front. It does make sense if you have front wheel drive, especially in snow country, since you need the traction and you get more wear on the front. However, if you are concerned about blowouts, the story is different. A blowout on the rear is much worse than on the front. You can steer to control a flat front tire but a reat tire failure can only be controlled indirectly. You are much more likely to spin or lose control with a rear blowout.

Of course, if your tires are worn enough that you are concerned about a blowout, buy new tires tomorrow.
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Old 12-18-2002, 05:54 PM   #8
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i wouldn't worry about costco, they only do tires.
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Old 12-18-2002, 07:10 PM   #9
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Default Costco Free tire/rotation policy?

How often should one do tire balancing?? Why is it needed? and When do you know what your car needs it done?
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Old 12-18-2002, 07:29 PM   #10
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They will tell you how often you can get them rotated; might be every 7000 miles, can't really remember.
R/B is a good idea to make your tires live as long as possible. I think they also do free repair if you have a flat or slow leak.
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