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I think tires are better and fewer people are getting flats than before, but I think more people call for service rather than change a tire themselves (presuming they have the tools and the spare tire). This is based on no data whatsoever, just a hunch. We are becoming increasingly isolated from the skill sets required to maintain our own technology, preferring to leave these things in the hands of specialists. I'm a generalist. I have tons of pointless skills!! ;-)

Really? You think people aren't getting flats these days?

I'm all for the progress of technology, which allows us to lose pointless skills, but I bet most people have changed a tire in their life. I don't know anyone around my age (30s) who hasn't.

I'd bet almost half of people don't know how to drive stick, but surely most have changed a tire.
 

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I can't even remember the last time I saw someone changing a tire on the side of the road?

I actually remarked to my wife recently that back in the day when you got a flat you picked up a jack, nowadays people pick up a phone when they get a flat. Doesn't help when your car has no spare or jacking equipment either.....:(
 

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I have rotated the bolts tires 3 times. Easy. I got a relearning tool for 30$. I can use for 2 other vehicles and future vehicles also. I rotate as per manual. None directional tires( sport, high performance tires are the only ones I have noticed to be directional. My Miata tires are the other ones so far)
Back tires go from back to front and cross to opposite sides. Front goes straight back.
If you talk to any tire store they only go straight back and straight forward. They think they know better. But if the alinement is off at all, the cross pattern helps keep wear even.
Takes me 12min. Start to finish.
Never used the jack to change oil or rotate tires. Bought a 2 1/2 ton jack long ago with jack stands. Way safer. Only use the car jack if I ever get a flat tire.
Worst I ever had was a mustang my dad bought that I got to drive in high school. Had all 4 tires blow out, one at a time over 6 months. Kmart brand tires. Wonder why? ?
 

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The rear tires on a fwd car wear far more slowly than the front. On a rwd car, the wear is more evenly distributed between the front and rear tires.

So a fwd tire strategy with far less effort involved is to not rotate the tires at all, and just replace the front ones 2-3 times more frequently than the rear.

To me this makes more sense, because the front tires will be in newer condition more of the time, and you only have to buy two tires at a time.
 

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The rear tires on a fwd car wear far more slowly than the front. On a rwd car, the wear is more evenly distributed between the front and rear tires.

So a fwd tire strategy with far less effort involved is to not rotate the tires at all, and just replace the front ones 2-3 times more frequently than the rear.

To me this makes more sense, because the front tires will be in newer condition more of the time, and you only have to buy two tires at a time.
Not a good strategy if you want to switch tire models. Tire sales are normally on a set of 4, and I'll narrow down my tire selection to 2-3 models and just buy whatever is on sale when I'm due for tires. Paying full price for only 2 tires will cost more in the long run.
 

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I buy the tires I want in the first place, so I stick with the same tire, and I'm most concerned with keeping good tires on the car more of the time.

I stretch tire wear a bit by using winter tires for around four months/year, and I replace tires in the off-season for lowest price and convenience of installation while they are already off the car. I do the seasonal wheel swaps myself, saving that cost.

In the end, I'm OK with paying a little extra for having great tires on my cars as much of the time as possible.
 

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I just checked the web site and under the compatibility section it says that there parts are NOT compatible with the BoltEV.
The ebay compatibility checker is wrong more that it's right.... most vendors tell you not to use it.

I have mated those sensors to my Bolt... they are compatible.

If you notice.... they don't have the 2014 Volt on the list either.. .I used those exact sensors on the Volt for three winters.
 

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After some more research it seems that the ones on EBay are simply an older part number.

GM list a newer part as a replacement for those so the old one should work also
 

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To relearn new TPMS sensor locations after rotating tires....
-Start the Bolt.
-Bring up the tire pressure screen on the DIC... press and hold the check mark button... it will ask if you want to reset.. press the check mark button again to reset.
What is the DIC?? And where is the check mark button you talk about??
 

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What is the DIC?? And where is the check mark button you talk about??
DIC = "Driver Information Console", it's the screen behind the steering wheel.

The "check mark" button is the one on the right spoke of the steering wheel in the middle of the four arrow buttons (up/down/left/right).
 

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I don't care what tire rack has for information.
GM has always required non drive tires to be cross rotated on non directional tires.

Here's the relearn info for the DIC. You still need to activate the sensors for the system to
relearn tire locations. I run my tires at 50 psi ;)
 

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My understanding is that when you take the Bolt into the dealership, they also do maintenance like updating the software besides just rotating tires. So, if you do rotation yourself you might be sidestepping other maintenance. I think tire rotations are included in the warranty for the first couple of years.
 

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My understanding is that when you take the Bolt into the dealership, they also do maintenance like updating the software besides just rotating tires. So, if you do rotation yourself you might be sidestepping other maintenance. I think tire rotations are included in the warranty for the first couple of years.
NOPE! They DO NOT update software while doing maint. That's a complete myth/lie/BS... :nerd:
 

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My understanding is that when you take the Bolt into the dealership, they also do maintenance like updating the software besides just rotating tires. So, if you do rotation yourself you might be sidestepping other maintenance. I think tire rotations are included in the warranty for the first couple of years.
according to the warranty, you get two included visits - i'm not going to waste a visit on a tire rotation.
 
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