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Old 29th May 2010, 22:45   #16
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Wheel alignment: every 5000 kms
Wheel balancing: every 10000 kms
Wheel rotation : every 10000 kms

This is my way. And i've learnt that if i keep it this way, my suspension will be in a good shape for a long time. Most of the car owners complain to tyre dealers that they got cheated with bad tyres(which wear out fast), but they never think that the suspension should be cared about.
If my knowledge is correct, rotation should be done every 5000 KMS
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Does rotation also help suspension or just the balancing and allignment ?
Neither. It helps the tyre wear out evenly.

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If my knowledge is correct, rotation should be done every 5000 KMS
Not neccessary, I think though my Swift handbook recommends it. 10000 kms should be enough. Some manufactures like BMW ask to *never* do tyre rotation.
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Some manufactures like BMW ask to *never* do tyre rotation.
What's so special about BMW ?
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If my knowledge is correct, rotation should be done every 5000 KMS
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Neither. It helps the tyre wear out evenly.



Not neccessary, I think though my Swift handbook recommends it. 10000 kms should be enough. Some manufactures like BMW ask to *never* do tyre rotation.
It doesnt matter whether you do it 5,000 kms or 10,000 kms. Unless the terrain you drive on in the first 10,000 kms varies WILDLY from the terrain during the next 10,000! Overall, both will lead to even tyre wear on all 4 or 5 tyres.

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Some BMWs have a different size for the front and the rear. So, no rotation is needed.
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Old 29th May 2010, 23:39   #20
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It doesnt matter whether you do it 5,000 kms or 10,000 kms. Unless the terrain you drive on in the first 10,000 kms varies WILDLY from the terrain during the next 10,000! Overall, both will lead to even tyre wear on all 4 or 5 tyres.
Exactly, if the effect is the same, it becomes cheaper to do it at 10K intervals rather than 5K.

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Some BMWs have a different size for the front and the rear. So, no rotation is needed.
I think they don't recommend it even for the ones where it's the same size.
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Nice to see this post. This never struck me at all, until once when I was cleaning my alloys and suddenly realized that there was no place for the leads.

Infact, gave my car for service to Hyundai on Friday, and they said they cannot do WB/WA and that I should get it done from outside. Any take on why there are not able to ?
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Doing something extra will not usually cause issues. But the question is - is it neccessary? In my opinion
- Tire Rotation - once in 10000 kms
- Wheel Alignment - if there is a problem (car automatically going left or something like that)
- Balancing - when you change tires.
Well,
What will happen if you bathe only 3 times a week?
Or if you brush your teeth every two days?
The teeth won't fall down in a week. But, you'll need dentures by the time you're 50.
Is it worth saving the toothpaste money?
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Carboy --- Alignment is absolutely necessary every 5,000 kms. Many times the alignment will be off but it wont be so much for you to notice. But your tyre would have started wearing unevenly. You are askin for trouble!
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Well,
What will happen if you bathe only 3 times a week?
Or if you brush your teeth every two days?
The teeth won't fall down in a week. But, you'll need dentures by the time you're 50.
Is it worth saving the toothpaste money?
So why do not do a rotation, balancing & alignment every evening or if that's very inconvinient, atleast do it every weekend. Why wait for 5000km or 10000Km or whatever. Best to align these maintenance work with your bathing schedule or at worst your church/temple going schedule.

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Carboy --- Alignment is absolutely necessary every 5,000 kms. Many times the alignment will be off but it wont be so much for you to notice. But your tyre would have started wearing unevenly. You are askin for trouble!
Do you have a source for this? Asking because my owner's handbook doesn't ask me to do it once every 5000 kms.

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So why do not do a rotation, balancing & alignment every evening or if that's very inconvinient, atleast do it every weekend. Why wait for 5000km or 10000Km or whatever. Best to align these maintenance work with your bathing schedule or at worst your church/temple going schedule.
Because the 5000 / 10000 KM is considered a "common ground" between, say, brushing every hour of the day and brushing once a week

Check out the tyre bible - I remember reading that rotation is recommended every 5000 miles (8000 KM). I check the alignment whenever I remove a wheel and re-fix it, or along with rotation.
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Because the 5000 / 10000 KM is considered a "common ground" between, say, brushing every hour of the day and brushing once a week
Considered by who?

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Check out the tyre bible - I remember reading that rotation is recommended every 5000 miles (8000 KM). I check the alignment whenever I remove a wheel and re-fix it, or along with rotation.
I am fully Ok with doing rotation every 8000 Km. I am not convinced with the schedules for alignment & balancing.
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Well, I am telling you through my experience. My dad's experience. My uncle's experience. Spread over 30 odd years.


In any case, it is your car, your tyres. If you dont want to do it, then dont! Simple! Abroad, they recommend alignment every 8,000 miles. Here, due to our roads, we recommend a shorter interval.
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Simple! Abroad, they recommend alignment every 8,000 miles.
Do you have a cite for this? Not disputing it, just asking. I am trying to find out if there a recommended schedule.
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Thanks for the links. I think I will do alignment once every 10000 kms. Same interval for tire rotation. About balancing, we still don't have any information which says it needs to be done except when the tyres are removed from the wheels - i.e. when you are replacing tyres.
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