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Tyre Rotation, Wheel Balancing and Alignment

Discussion in 'Tyres & Alloys' started by PatchyBoy, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. PatchyBoy

    PatchyBoy Esperto

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    Guys,

    As all of know (or think that we do), Tyre Rotation, Wheel Balancing and Alignment needs to be done regularly. However, I have a few doubts and thought of opening this thread, where we can discuss and share knowledge.

    Tyre Rotation:

    1. Four wheel rotation or Five wheel rotation?
    2. If Five wheel rotation is better, then why do some models come with an emergency tyre of different size, which cannot be included in the rotation?
    3. If not, then why provide a full sized spare on alloy wheel in some models?
    4. During the lifetime of the tyres, if you are lucky enough never to have had a flat, then you will be left with one visually brand new tyre in your boot. Do you still change that, given that the rubber has aged?
    5. Which is better - front to back or 'X' pattern rotation?


    Alignment:

    1. How often? 5000 kms? 15000 kms, while servicing?
    2. Does Alignment only involve front wheels or all wheels?
    3. Which is better, before rotation or after?


    Balancing:

    1. Is it true that wheels do not lose balance as quickly as they lose alignment?
    2. If so, then is it necessary to check balancing every time rotation/alignment is done?
    3. Why do all shops that do balancing, first take off the existing lead weights, then check balance, add new weights and charge you for it?
    4. Wouldn't it be better, if balance is first checked and then corrected if necessary?


    Rajan
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2013
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  2. zenwalker

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    Hi Rajan,

    I am no expert in cars as such, but i have been watching couple of expert youtube videos on this topic. So as per them:

    Alignment should be taken care off for every ~5K Kms.
    Tyre rotation is done clock wise as per them.
    They didnt talk about including the spare (boot) tyre in the rotation.
    They showed doing alignment of all wheels.
  3. PatchyBoy

    PatchyBoy Esperto

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    Mind posting the videos here?

    Rajan
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  5. zenwalker

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  6. mightymaveryk

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    The tyre rotation should be done at each 5k KM. It is good to do it in alternate; first time front to back and next time cross rotation. It is good to rotate the spare wheel too as the other wheels will have different wear-n-tear when you will be taking the spare wheel from your boot to replace the run-flat tyre. So it is good to rotate the tyre in boot too.
  7. zenwalker

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    What about the improper sizes of that spare tyre w.r.t to the existing ones? As Rajan has asked, wouldnt it cause some problem? Plus on top that that spare tyre is just a metal rim instead of allow. So it looks odd having 1 steel (metal) and rest allows :sadblue
  8. rishike007

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    If the tyre size is same for all five wheels then rotation is possible & that is recommended too.

    If the spare tyre is of steel rim then just remove the tyre from the steel & add it to the appropriate alloy.
    But if you are trying to add the spear tyre without this then it is permissible for few 10-15 kms as this will change the whole equation of the stability of the car.
    Also after this change it is not allow to drive the car on max speed of 70kmph.
  9. PatchyBoy

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    AFAIK, removing and refitting tubeless tyres, unless absolutely necessary is not a very good thing.

    Rajan
  10. rishike007

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    Could you please let us know why?

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