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Old 2nd January 2010, 21:39   #1
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I went for the 3rd free 10000Km service of my car (Chevy UVA). A tyre rotation was due this time. I was surprised to learn that only four existing tyres were swapped (front to back across) in the name of rotation. I asked why was the spare 5th tyre not used, to which they replied that GM says it like that.

My M800 was cycled on all 5 tyres when rotation was done. Is the 5th tyre not to be used in rotation in GM cars?
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Five tyres rotation is better for best utilization of all five tyres..
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And i thought that spare tyre was only used during emergencies. Maybe i have been doing it all wrong for past 10 years!

BTW what about those guys who upsize their tyres and the spare tyre is of stock size ?

IMHO 5th (spare) tyre rotation is wrong as spare tyre is for emergencies only. I have never driven more than 100km on spare tyre.
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Hi everyone,

My M800 was cycled on all 5 tyres when rotation was done. Is the 5th tyre not to be used in rotation in GM cars?
Check your car's user manual whether it specifies 4 tyre rotation or 5 tyre rotation. Hyundai user manual for santro specifies both & leaves choice to the user. For my first set of tyres (Goodyear) it was 4 tyre rotation, but current set of tyres (Yokohama) undergo 5 tyre rotation.

Personally prefer 5 tyre rotation as it maximises value invested in all 5 tyres. Spare tyre, if not used/rotated, doesn't get more buyback value when one has to replace tyres after 4/5 years or 40-45k Kms.
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IMHO 5th (spare) tyre rotation is wrong as spare tyre is for emergencies only. I have never driven more than 100km on spare tyre.
+1.Its only a spare tire to be used in case of an emergency only!
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It can be used either way.

It really doesnt matter. Some people who stick to stock sizes prefer to rotate all 5 tyres because they can get more life out of them. Also, they can change all 5 tyres at one go.

Rotating only 4 tyres is also correct. You can reserve the spare tyre ONLY for emergencies.
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And i thought that spare tyre was only used during emergencies. Maybe i have been doing it all wrong for past 10 years!

BTW what about those guys who upsize their tyres and the spare tyre is of stock size ?

IMHO 5th (spare) tyre rotation is wrong as spare tyre is for emergencies only. I have never driven more than 100km on spare tyre.
In USa I have seen that the spare tires are of different size and should be used in emergency only. But in India, for most of the cars we have 5 tires of the same size, so rotation of all the 5 tires is better.
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