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      2014 Volt Base, Ashen Grey Metallic 70k, 38+miles/charge, 42mpg on gas
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      Will this work too? Equally strong?
       
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      I HATE taking a car in for any kind of service. About 25% of the time, the service guys do some sort of damage, cosmetic or otherwise.

      Anyhow, I had to take my Volt to a tire place for a proper fix for a tire leak. It involved taking the tire off the rim and installing a one-piece patch/plug combination from the inside of the tire. The patch works great, but the rim got covered with all sorts of black gunk (removable), and the rim got a few minor dings (not removable).

      So, I was not looking forward to the 7,500 mile Volt tire rotation, so much so that I still had not done the rotation by 9,000 miles - all those dings waiting to happen!

      Solution: I did it myself!

      Here's the rotation pattern from the owner's manual.



      I went to Harbor Freight Tools and got two 1 1/2 ton scissor jacks (item 66907), mentioned in other posts.
      See: http://www.harborfreight.com/1-1-2-half-ton-scissor-jack-66907.html


      Here's one jack beside my Volt.



      Here's the jack under the jack point on the Volt. The jack has not yet been extended quite enough to contact the car.



      Here's the Volt jacked up on one side. I swapped the tires front to rear.



      After I swapped tires front-to-rear on one side of the car, I jacked up the other side and swapped those tires front-to-rear also. Then, I jacked up the front of the car, and swapped the tires side-to-side. The end result is the tires have been rotated in the pattern shown in the first diagram in this post.

      Next, I used a TPMS reset tool and followed instructions in the Volt owner's manual. I got an ATEQ VT5 tool, discussed in other posts. I got it from TireRack: http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/detail.jsp?make=ATEQ+TPMS+SENSOR+TRIGGER&partnum=VT5&ID=2006

      The TPMS tool worked perfectly the first try. Just hold the stubby "antenna" of the tool against the tire, about 1/2 inch from the rim, right by the valve stem.

      You can see that I have put a number on the tire rim just behind the valve stem. That way I can easily keep track of the performance of the patched tire, and keep track of other things as well. (Probably also says something about my personality, but let's not go there.)

      I also recommend using a quality torque wrench to tighten the lug nuts, and use a bit of anti-seize compound on the lug bolts.

      So, everything is perfect until my wife drives up. I had taken the opportunity to thoroughly wash the tires and apply tire dressing, so the Volt tires looked great! My wife then asks me to wash and apply tire dressing to her tires as well!
       
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      there is a good thread somewhere that describes a harbor freight jack and some spare tire options-

      What would you have done if you had gotten a flat in the same situation in any other car?

      I carry the can of TPMS safe tire sealant (so I don't have to use the one that came built into the air pump) and also the Harbor freight jack and a plug kit and air pump for "on the road" punctures....

      http://www.kmart.com/amflo-tire-rep...p-00915553000P?prdNo=8&blockNo=8&blockType=G8

      http://www.fixaflat.com/products/aerosol-tire-inflators/fix-a-flat-16-oz-for-standard-tires/

      http://www.harborfreight.com/1-1-2-half-ton-scissor-jack-66907.html

      But I know that many people will not change their own tires for safety while jacking concerns, so maybe just get a spare tire to keep in your garage- you can buy them new from any tire dealer or online tire supply site.
       
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      • All weather mats
      • All weather cargo mat
      • Cabin filter
      • SanDisk 32gig Micro USB (for music and pictures)
      • Jack (you can store this in the right side cubby in the cargo area)
      • Lugwrench (you can store this in the under-floor compartment)
      • Tire plug tools/plugs/cement (you can store this in the under-floor compartment)
      • Leatherman-type multi-tool (to pull the nail out so you can plug the tire...)
      • 1/4" drive (small) ratchet handle with 12mm deep socket (fits 12V battery terminals and cover)
       
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      • All weather mats
      • All weather cargo mat
      • Jack (you can store this in the right side cubby in the cargo area)
      • Lugwrench (you can store this in the under-floor compartment)
      • Tire plug tools/plugs/cement (you can store this in the under-floor compartment)
      • Leatherman-type multi-tool (to pull the nail out so you can plug the tire...)
      • 1/4" drive (small) ratchet handle with 12mm deep socket (fits 12V battery terminals and cover)
      Very comprehensive list! I have all that, except I forgot about a set of pliers to remove a nail (thanks for pointing that out! ;) ). I also have a spare donut tire that I keep in my garage as well as a socket and breaker bar for the lug nuts and a socket for the scissors jack.

      The other thing that I need to mention is that to remove both the positive and negative 12v battery terminals, I need to use a 13mm (pos. & neg. term.) and a 10mm (pos. term.). There are two nuts that seem to need be removed on the positive terminal. I wonder is we have a different battery terminal set-up?
       
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      This is the spare I bought. If you order on ebay, just make sure it’s a 5-spoke aluminum alloy (needed to get the extra brake caliper clearance), interchange # 560-08050. I had the guy send me a picture so I could make sure it was the right one (you don’t want the steel wheel):
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230649027301

      I bought a Cruze jack from my dealer; cost $42 and fit fine. You will also need a breaker bar/socket, which you can get from Harbor Freight.

      I have seen this one, but don't know if it fits:
      http://www.harborfreight.com/1-1-2-half-ton-scissor-jack-66907.html

      The Cruze jack, breaker bar, and socket fit under the trunk floor; almost as if it was made from them.
       
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      Okay thanks. Maybe I will just go with the OEM replacement, then later replace when they all need it and I have more time to research. In the mean time, does anyone have a pic of the jack point for the rear passenger side area? I may try to use my other car's scissors jack to take the wheel off myself. Maybe a DIY guide or something?
      Here is a thread on a spare tire and jack solution, with the pics you are looking for:
      http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?8263-Spare-tire-solution

      I bought a Cruze jack for $40+tax from my dealer; works great. Harbor Freight also has this one, but I don't know if it fits.
      http://www.harborfreight.com/1-1-2-half-ton-scissor-jack-66907.html
       

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