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Include the spare in tire rotation?

Do you include the spare when rotating tires on Bronco?

  • I only rotate four tires.

    Votes: 31 20.0%
  • I include the spare and rotate five tires.

    Votes: 124 80.0%

  • Total voters
    155

Tricky Mike

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Just got mine done at the dealership and basically straight out of the manual, service tech said they only rotate four due to the spare never being used and a different diameter than the other four, and to just use the spare in case of flats
Clearly that yahoo was looking at the manual for another Ford because all that is untrue for the Bronco.
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Anyone find it ironic that exactly 20% of voters say they don’t rotate in the 5th tire?

I just find that numerically funny.
 

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I can’t think of any good reasons to not use the 5th - it’s identical to the other 4, on the same rim. May as well get your money’s worth out of it.

If it were on a generic steelie rim, or were a donut, or a mismatched tire; then I could see leaving it out - but they don’t come from the factory that way, and I don’t see any good reason to get it that condition.

Rotating it gets you overall longer tire life (about 20%), so yeah a tire change costs more with 5, but it lasts longer too, so net no real added cost.

The only other case I could see that may make sense is just removing the spare all together and rolling with just a compressor and some patch kits
 

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I just went through this during my first service. Be aware your spare does not have a TPS. Hope it helps.
All 5 have TPMS. If your dealer told you otherwise they either lied or are really bad at their job. Not sure which is better.
 

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Always. Why leave a tire to dry rot on the tire carrier? You will also get more tire life by adding the spare into the rotation since you are wearing 5 tires versus 4.
Seems a lot of folks aren't aware that tires dry rot. I don't drive a lot & usually have to get new tires because of dry rot way before the tread is gone.
 

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Directly from the Owners Manual.


"For the best tire life, a five tire
rotation is recommended that
includes the matching spare tire
mounted on the back of the
vehicle."

It's just being lazy if you don't do a 5 tire rotation. Not to mention the vast majority of people don't put OEM tires on their vehicle when they purchase new tires so then they would have a mis-match.

Use the Rearward Cross pattern...

Ford Bronco Include the spare in tire rotation? 5TireRotation
 

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Yep, I rotate all five.
 

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So many good reasons to do all 5, many of which are noted above, but I will add one: it is so much easier to do if you are like me and do it yourself. You only have to jack each corner once, make the tire switch, and then move on to the next.
 

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My dealer messed up the five tire rotation, and it sure seemed like it was their first time doing one. This is a direct depiction of what they explained via text (after the fact). I don’t know why they thought directly swapping the rear driver tire and spare would make sense. I should have mapped it out for them. Now I have to see if they’ll correct it to one of the patterns above (or just do it myself).

It sure would be nice for Ford to specify the 5-tire pattern for uniformity across service departments (considering the manual recommends rotating in the spare).

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4 tire rotation.

I don't like constantly having 1 tire that is worn differently for 40 or 50k miles.
Just my opinion, not much more than that.
It's worth exactly what you're paying for it! LOL!

Use the spare if you get a flat, put it back on the rack when your primary gets repaired.

If I ever have to replace one ... or 2 , most likely if they're worn enough .... I'll consider my options at that point.
Maybe buy 1 new, rotate the "like new" spare in at that point to have a matched PAIR on the same axle, and run the old mismatched up onto the spare rack to live out its days.

If you 4A a lot, you may have issues with mismatched sets, particularly if you ever have to replace one or a pair (2) halfway through.

Again , just my preference.
 

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My dealer messed up the five tire rotation, and it sure seemed like it was their first time doing one
You have a good point about having a “standard” rotation in print from Ford. I’ve seen a couple of different recommendations.

But

I don’t think it really matters how they get rotated or in what direction, so long as you are doing it frequently enough and you are consistent in what direction/pattern they are being rotated in.
 

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I don't like constantly having 1 tire that is worn differently for 40 or 50k miles.
Just my opinion, not much more than that.
It's worth exactly what you're paying for it! LOL!
If you rotate them frequently enough on a 5 tire rotation - most say every 5-7k - then there isn’t a big difference in tire tread life. Whereas if you are only going 4 tires the spare is gonna be left way behind and you get stuck in this exact situation you say you want to avoid if you ever need to use it.
 

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Good news is my dealer is offering to remedy the problem. They said it should have just been a clockwise rotation of all 5 tires. That would only require two tires to swap places (in my current situation). For the sake of ease, I’m just going to stick with the clockwise pattern for this set of tires (OEM Goodyears). Will reassess with the next set, but makes sense that as long as you one pattern and stick to it, it should mostly be fine.
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