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Old 08-12-2017, 06:42 AM   #81 (permalink)
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I purchased a tire replacement policy for a few bucks. Its Michigan so we get our share of potholes. Ouch about the spare Bob. Yes - its a lesson learned. I had an AWD jag and one sidewall was damaged so all 4 tires had to be replaced. I'm still mulling over getting my own spare. Who wants to wait for a tow-truck in the winter?

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Old 08-12-2017, 09:43 AM   #82 (permalink)
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I needed my spare just last month. You you are lucky the tire did not damage your car. My tread came off. How was I supposed to fix that? The tread damaged several other components, which I replaced myself for less than $200, but I doubt new cars have much of a used car parts market.

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I needed my spare just last month. You you are lucky the tire did not damage your car. My tread came off. How was I supposed to fix that?
Sure, I'd have a spare tire if I was running retreads. Those things fail all the time, and the evidence is littered all over our highways.

That said, I watch for road debris and steer around it. Usually something that takes a chunk out of a tire is large enough to see.

I'll never need a spare. Even if the sidewall is damaged, the chances are good that it will happen within 50 miles of a friend or family. I'm speaking as someone who has used a spare on at least a dozen occasions, and maybe more like 2 dozen. I've even driven on a donut for months at a time.

The only time I would regret not having a spare is if I suffered sidewall damage up a long logging road in the winter with no cell service. At that level of improbability, I might as well carry around a small arsenal just in case the Russians invade.

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