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Re: [Shop-talk] Maximum speed with a limited use spare

To: Jim Stone <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Maximum speed with a limited use spare
From: Bob Spidell <>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 03:05:32 +0000 (UTC)
Why not just get the flat fixed? Any decent 'service' station should be able to 
do it for less than $20. 
Even a plug is better than driving on a 'fake' spare, esp. on the freeway for 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Stone" <> 
Sent: Saturday, August 15, 2009 7:16:58 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific 
Subject: [Shop-talk] Maximum speed with a limited use spare 

I am writing this from a hotel in Harrisburg, PA. My wife and I are driving 
her BMW 323 to Eastern Long Island and had a flat tire today. That isn't a 
big deal as we are close to needing new tires on the car anyway. I will 
probably just order a new set from TireRack and have them delivered to where 
we are staying. However, we still have 275 miles to our destination and the 
spare says not to exceed 50 MPH. I am not sure which is more dangerous: 
exceeding the maximum speed on the tire or driving 50 on the NJ Turnpike and 
Long Island Expressway. I assume the 50 MPH sticker on the tire is primarily 
there for liability protection. Does anyone know what a reasonable safe speed 
would be with this tire? I promise not to sue you if you are wrong. The 
spare is on the rear, assuming that makes a difference. 
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