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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
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 03:31:31 +0000 (UTC)
On a FWD car, I would say put the toy spare on the rear and do 50 MPH all the 
way in to your destination.

On a BMW, not so much.  Running with the spare on the rear will wear your 
differential.  Running the spare on the front is pretty dangerous.  I'd say 
repair the tire with a plug-patch.  If you can't find someone to patch it, put 
a plug in the tire and run it on the rear and keep the speed down.

Phil Ethier West Side Saint Paul Minnesota USA
1962 Triumph TR4 CT2846L   1979 Caterham 7
1993 Suburban  1994 Miata C-package  2007 Saturn Ion 3 2.4 

----- "Jim Stone" <> wrote:

> From: "Jim Stone" <>
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> Sent: Saturday, August 15, 2009 9:16:58 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
> 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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