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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:42 pm    Post subject:  Spare tire and driving longish distance Reply with quote

My tire 'sploded a couple days ago and has been sittin' on a donut ever since. My question is, would driving ~45mi home, most of it on a highway ~70mph speed limit, be ok? Would switching the tire from my front passenger to rear same side be any better?


Thanks for the advice.

EDIT: The spare tire holds air, or has for 3 days now, just sayin'.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:48 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Fifty miles can be done. Just done it a few months back on the Impala from STL to my house which is approximately 55 miles. I would change to full size as I soon as I could though.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:20 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Ok, thanks. What was your max speed? And I'll probably get new tire(s) the day after I get back.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:23 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Ok, thanks. What was your max speed? And I'll probably get new tire(s) the day after I get back.


65ish. I can't remember the speed rating on the tire though. May have been too fast, but had no choice. And damn those donuts look weird on your car. Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:04 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Put the donut out back if you are planning on driving it any further than the tire shop. Also, I wouldn't be exceeding 45 MPH on the donut...

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Put the donut out back if you are planning on driving it any further than the tire shop. Also, I wouldn't be exceeding 45 MPH on the donut...


This. The donut is only supposed to be used to get you to a repair shop. It's not some long term temporary fix.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:41 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I agree. On a front wheel drive car, put the spare on the back if it is absolutely necessary to drive on it further than going to the tire shop.

The spare has a smaller diameter than the full size tire and therefore rotates faster. The smaller spare makes the differential work constantly.

I would NOT drive on the spare any longer than going to the tire shop.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:45 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

should have the ratings on the sidewall. Last time I looked at one it was 45mph for 25 miles

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:17 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure the manual says it, but if it doesn't, your always supposed to put the spare on the back. And I wouldn't be worried about that trip, so long as you don't go faster than 50 or so. It'd be better not on the interstate b/c 45-50 on a 70 isn't the safest

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:29 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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It'd be better not on the interstate b/c 45-50 on a 70 isn't the safest


and illegal in most places, just as bad as speeding.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 3:41 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Aye, thanks for the input. I'll definitely be putting it on the rear tomorrow and drive as slow as I can. I do have to go on the interstate as of now, but i'll look for an alt route.

EDIT: I think I'll take SR9 home because I live on it, lol, and its on my way if i skip the interstate. Plus I love to drive so time isn't of the essence. : )

Thanks again!

EDIT: Made it home. Decided to take the interstate and drive 4mph under, which is 1mph over the semi speed limit. ~66mph for most of the trip, no problems.

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