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Old 05-27-2023, 02:24 PM   #1
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Spare tire 13 years old - to risky even for a spare?

So far no cracks. But after following various discussions here in the panel, i know, it means nothing. Previously i thought, good for limping - if needed - to the next dealer. I'm not so sure anymore. All others has been changed 2 years ago. I simply forgot then buying my first taking the best of them for the spare. Your opinions?

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Replace with best takeoff when you next install new tires.


Until then, if you have to use the really old one for a spare, on back only and low speed.
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Old 05-27-2023, 02:50 PM   #3
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The oils in the rubber dry out and weaken the bonds in the tire. Having said that my truck tire spare is 24 years old and doesnít bother me in the least. I wonít run it hard if I ever have to put it on.
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The oils in the rubber dry out and weaken the bonds in the tire. Having said that my truck tire spare is 24 years old and doesnít bother me in the least. I wonít run it hard if I ever have to put it on.

HAH! Got you beat, the spare on my 1932 Chevrolet is the original. Of course it will never be used, it's for the originality effect. I am surprised every year, it stays inflated with no cracks.
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HAH! Got you beat, the spare on my 1932 Chevrolet is the original. Of course it will never be used, it's for the originality effect. I am surprised every year, it stays inflated with no cracks.
Thatís cool! Iíve never added air either
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Ours still has the original spare. Still holding the old antique air that was pumped in it some 20 years ago. I wouldn't want to drive on it fast or across the country but I'm sure it would get me home.
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My maiden voyage in new-to-me had a flat, no tools, 6-hour ERS wait on holiday weekend, found spare was 12-yo and held breath as I traveled the 200-miles to a WM on route that had two of size I needed and open on Saturday. That said, they cud not work in parking lot, bay door height did not allow RV, so I bought tools (they did offer tool loan) worked DIY in lot on hot asphalt at 70-yo. KEEP UNUSED, NEW SPARE 10-YO OR LESS, A USED ONE TO 5-YO or less.
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Fairly new used tires are available with decent tread for a comparitively reasonable price. I think I paid $75 for mine, including mounting, at a truck tire shop. This was back in 2018 so I'm sure prices have gone up.
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Thanks everybody for your insights. I keep more throroughly watching in the future if it holds the air. And kick it out with the next set of fresh tires.

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Get a new one.
Cheaper than a blow out.
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I don't have spare, no tools to change a full size 22.5 inch wheel anyway. When we bought our RV we ordered a whole new set, were mounted on our parking lot without extra charge.
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I just pick up a well used tire with no repairs a couple of yrs old from my tire shop. Total cost less than $50 and it will be good for a spare for the next 7 yrs.
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Change it. I have heard afew time where someone had a flat and then the spare went flat just a few miles after being installed.
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My experience with an old spare was both exciting and informative. Had a tire go flat (failed valve stem) on I75 near Atlanta and called my roadside service. They came and put the old spare on and they guy started packing up his gear to leave when the tire literally exploded, throwing pieces of rubber everywhere and narrowly missing the tire guy. Once he got his nerves settled down, he pulled off the spare, dismounted the original tire to install a new valve stem, and we got back on the road. Since then, I've been rather chary about old tires!
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