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Old 01-04-2005, 01:25 AM   #1
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Default How far can I drive with spare tire (donut)?

when i was get back to home , i heard ~bang~..and seems like driving in off road.

i checked up my tire . reae left tire was flat.

i switched to factory donut...tomorrow i gotta change new one

however..i have to drive 40 minutes to get tire shop....

how far can i drive with factory donut??? is ther any speed limit???

my tires are 195..60..15

i dont know factory donut size is..

my car is 03ts wagon auto...no LSD in rear which my factory donut is mounted..

i used to get flat tire in old audi a4 1.8t ff

however now is AWD

really appreciate answer...i hope it could be fine..


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Old 01-04-2005, 01:36 AM   #2
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do you have an owners manual?
this information is in the owners manual.

45-50mph = top speed
and erm..... not very many miles... (cant remember exactly)
but you should be okay to get where you need to go

just go directly there, get it sorted....
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Old 01-04-2005, 01:50 AM   #3
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no mention of max distance for the spare in the 2000 Impreza manual, other than to replace it once the wear indicator is visible. Top speed is 50 MPH (80 KPH)
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Old 01-04-2005, 08:27 AM   #4
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would not go to far beyond 50 miles.
it is a temporary tire, key word "temporary"
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Old 01-04-2005, 08:52 AM   #5
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In general the limits for the donut spare on any car are 50 miles/ 50 MPH max. Also be absolutely sure that the spare is inflated to 60 PSI before you put it on, this is something that usually gets neglected as a maintenance item.
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Old 01-04-2005, 09:01 AM   #6
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You can keep the spare on for about 3000miles (at most, not recommended), but you shouldn't drive more than 50 miles at a time.
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Old 01-04-2005, 10:22 AM   #7
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Old 01-04-2005, 10:28 AM   #8
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3000 miles? Sorry but no way, whoever told you that is just wrong. The donut is for "temporary use only" which means just long enough to get you home or to a shop, no further. It's not for driving around on although I see people doing this all the time, and they are stupid.
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Old 01-04-2005, 12:07 PM   #9
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^^ Agree, which is why I bought a full-size matching wheel/tire off a guy in my local forum. $40 = peace of mind when driving in the middle of nowhere.
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Old 01-04-2005, 12:34 PM   #10
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^^ Agree, which is why I bought a full-size matching wheel/tire off a guy in my local forum. $40 = peace of mind when driving in the middle of nowhere.
Where do you store it Mike? I have a full spare tire but it ends up in the trunk (I stuff a bag in the wheel well to balance out the loss of storage space). I'd be interested to know what you do.

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Old 01-04-2005, 12:42 PM   #11
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Dont go over 50 thats for sure. donuts only last for no more then 100 miles. at least all the ones i had to use last about 100 then were no good.
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Old 01-04-2005, 01:06 PM   #12
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I've done a helluva lot of burnouts in donuts (cheap junkyard rubber!). They are more durable than you think. The biggest problems you will have is
1) the circumfrence is slightly different than your street tires, and that will mess with your AWD. Not good.
2) it gets a lot less traction than a regular tire. Temp tires were made for storage, not grip. When you mash on the brakes, gun the gas, or well, turn they tend to be very slippery.

Unless your tires were all pretty new, you might consider getting all 4 replaced. There is a reason why our cars have such frequent tire rotation schedules. They should all be evenly worn.
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Old 01-04-2005, 01:42 PM   #13
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what he said ^^
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Old 01-04-2005, 06:22 PM   #14
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3000 miles? Sorry but no way, whoever told you that is just wrong. The donut is for "temporary use only" which means just long enough to get you home or to a shop, no further. It's not for driving around on although I see people doing this all the time, and they are stupid.
That's what every single tire place and the owners manual for all our 3 Jeeps said. It doesn't mean you should, but technically you can use the spare for up to 3000 miles.
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Old 01-04-2005, 06:27 PM   #15
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Well, maybe the Jeep spares were different, I'd have to see one. The donut that Subaru uses, and those in most passenger cars, would be in shreds in a much shorter time.
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Old 01-05-2005, 11:32 AM   #16
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The problem isn't the life span of the donut, the problem is the abuse to your diffs from driving with a tire that doesn't match the other 3. DO NOT drive around over 50mph and/or for long distances with the donut, especially on an AWD vehicle. The donut is only meant to get you home or to the garage to get a new tire.
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Old 01-05-2005, 01:51 PM   #17
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Recently had to run the donut on my wife's outback sport from our cottage to home - about 120km (75 miles) . I kept the speed under 100 (60 mph). I asked the tire dealer about the limits for the donut and he repeated the standard "100 miles and 50mph" but added that in reality, he's seen people drive heavily loaded cars to Canada from Florida on them, guys too poor for a new tire wait months (driving) to save the money, people come in with the donut tread worn out from use, etc etc.

Just dont go too fast, corner hard, brake hard etc and it will last quite a while.

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Old 01-05-2005, 02:56 PM   #18
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^^ Sure people do stuff like that but that doesn't mean its a good idea.

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Where do you store it Mike? I have a full spare tire but it ends up in the trunk (I stuff a bag in the wheel well to balance out the loss of storage space). I'd be interested to know what you do.

Malik
I took out the donut and the little tray and bolted the new spare in with the outside down. I left the tray out, put the floor panel back down, and there was only a very slight bulge.

(My 1st 2 Subies btw had the spare tire in the engine compartment! )
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Thanks Mike - I was worried my massive bag would end up deforming the floor panel. Guess I worry too much. Still, beats having to drive on a donut.
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The really nice thing is you can put a small bag inside the full-size spare.
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Old 01-05-2005, 11:00 PM   #21
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in reality, he's seen people drive heavily loaded cars to Canada from Florida on them, guys too poor for a new tire wait months (driving) to save the money, people come in with the donut tread worn out from use, etc etc.
Yes I've seen these people driving around on donuts like they're regular tires. And when I do see them I stay far, far away.
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