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#1 of 299 Blowout Tire Replacement--Best Strategy?
May 21, 2006 (10:53 pm)
Had a bad blowout on left rear Yokohama Geolander this week on interstate going 75mphin left of 3 or 4 lanes...geez it was scary. The sidewall was damaged badly in 2 places. My 05' Forester handled just fine...still alive.
Now the question??? My 3 other tires have 21k miles and wear is at 6/32" tread depth with my full size spare at 9/32". Should I just get another similar Yokohama and put it on the front with the spare tire, and then run them until they get nearly same tread depth as rear tires and then start rotating. Or should I get 4 new ones...like Yokohama A430's ...have done all my tire needs at Merchant Tire for years. Thanks for your advice.
#3 of 299 driving with the temporary spare
Jan 03, 2006 (4:10 am)
Subaru says not to drive more than 50 miles with the temporary spare. Why is that? On my automatic transmission, when I put on the spare tire I disconnect the AWD and turn the vehicle into a FWD, so is the 50 mile limit only for the stick shifts?
Could somebody explain this to me?
#4 of 299 Re: driving with the temporary spare [bayview6]
Jan 03, 2006 (8:02 am)
That FWD trick is part-time only, it's not meant for long-term use, either.
Basically Subaru wants you to have 4 evenly worn tires in use whenever possible, and I'd have to agree with that strategy.
#5 of 299 Re: driving with the temporary spare [ateixeira]
Jan 03, 2006 (8:36 am)
Yeah, but "50" miles??????? There are plenty of places out in the West where 50 miles is nothing. Where do you get your information that the FWD for automatics is only temporary?
#6 of 299 Re: driving with the temporary spare [bayview6]
Jan 03, 2006 (8:40 am)
We discussed that a while back, when Patti was around, and she bounced the idea off some of her senior techs. I think the idea is that you don't want the rear axle sitting idle for long, it's not engineered to be used that way.
The 50 mile limit probably has more to do with the donut itself, they're not very sturdy.
#7 of 299 Re: driving with the temporary spare [bayview6]
Jan 03, 2006 (9:10 am)
As juice indicated, this is an old "issue" here, as it's been discused many times.
I hate temp spare tires—and for the very reason you mentioned. What if you're towing a trailer (a very real possibility with a number of Forester owners) and you get a flat? You can't tow with one of those donuts either!!!
In other world markets, almost all Subies get fullsize spares. We should too.
#8 of 299 Re: driving with the temporary spare [rsholland]
Jan 03, 2006 (9:59 am)
what? The new Foresters now have a donut? When did the full size spare as standard get deleted?
#9 of 299 Re: driving with the temporary spare [once_for_all]
Jan 03, 2006 (10:00 am)
#10 of 299 Re: driving with the temporary spare [rsholland]
Jan 03, 2006 (10:44 am)
Yes, it's an old issue on the board but it is new to me. I called SoA last week and the lady I spoke with stated that the regular tire/rim would not fit in my 2006 spare tire hole and that Foresters have had temporary spares for a long time. Are those statements true? Did 2004 and 2005 Foresters have temporary spares?