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Old 02-14-2005, 12:01 PM   #1
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hey i have a friend that got a flat on his mazda 3 how long do you think that spare tire will last because it is small as hell, he drives normally not too much but not a little either and he was askin me. so i want to know how long should it last
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Old 02-14-2005, 12:17 PM   #2
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you dont wanna be driving on that spare for a long time, it should only be used to get the a shop to get the other tire fixed.
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Old 02-14-2005, 12:24 PM   #3
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He should get off that donut ASAP.
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Old 02-14-2005, 01:19 PM   #4
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I managed to make a 225mile trip home on mine, but I certainly wouldnt reccomend it. Its actually more of an issue if its on one of the front wheels because the donut has a different outer diameter than the stock wheel which can cause issues with the differential

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Old 02-14-2005, 02:26 PM   #5
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This is another issue I miss on my old car. Instead of having a dounut, they had a real size spare tire. Mazda is cheap, and you will have to pay for it down the road my boy.
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Old 02-14-2005, 02:32 PM   #6
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What kind of car was your old one? there really arent too many vehicles with full size spares anymore. My pickup has one, but as far as small cars are concerened I cant think of any that use them anymore.
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Old 02-14-2005, 03:09 PM   #7
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This is another issue I miss on my old car. Instead of having a dounut, they had a real size spare tire. Mazda is cheap, and you will have to pay for it down the road my boy.

Classic attention seeking behavior.
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Old 02-14-2005, 04:08 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by "LiamLunchTray"
What kind of car was your old one? there really arent too many vehicles with full size spares anymore. My pickup has one, but as far as small cars are concerened I cant think of any that use them anymore.

Exactly, about the only passenger vehicles you find with full size spares nowadays are cars like the Lincoln TC, full sized Caddys, and the larger European models. I think the full sized spare in a small car went bye-bye back in the days of the Pintos/Vegas.
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Old 02-14-2005, 04:12 PM   #9
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generally you should follow the 50/50 rule...no more than 50 miles and no more than 50 mph.
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Old 02-14-2005, 04:16 PM   #10
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If you have an AWD car you should throw away(put away) your mini spare and get a full size spare. You will destroy the differential driving normal speed with a donut spare with AWD. I had a friend who had an Outback catch fire from the differential after putting on an undersized spare.

With 2wd, if one of the driving wheels has a flat, put the spare on one of the non driving wheels first, then put that good tire on the driving wheel. So you have 2 full size driving wheels and the spare on the non driving wheel. This will save possible damage to your differential.

Finally, observe the speed limit printed on the spare, usually like 50-55 mph. It is there for a reason, that spare isn't designed to go faster than that and you could have a blow out (or differential damage as above) if you do exceed that limit, no joke.

I personally would never drive further than the repair shop on a donut spare. Their tread life is usuall 50 - a few hundred miles, they are soft compound and wear out fast.
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