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flybigrc
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 4:36:19 PM

So anywone try removing their spare tire to lighten the load and improve their MPGs?

My 2013 Ford Focus ST came with a full size spare. I was thinking just for the daily commute. I would put it back in if I am taking a road trip somewhere.

I have AAA road service so if I got a flat I would call them up and they would tow the car home. (under 100 miles is free tow)
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bkfist
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2015 8:02:07 AM

I think most Americans (myself included) would benefit more by removing their spare tires from around their mid-sections than removing the car's spare tire. Double that gas savings if you and your passenger remove their spares.
GLM4205
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2015 5:34:03 AM

Not a good idea.
94Rod
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2015 5:33:50 PM

Not worth the risk for me.
twt
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2015 8:28:06 AM

How dumb, can you get?
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2015 7:20:09 AM

Let's face it. How much difference will it make at the end of the day? Maybe a dollar or 2 a year in savings. Not worth it.
GENO54
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2015 10:03:33 PM

HYUNDAY & CHEVAY (misspelled intentionally) did it, buddy called me his wife was stranded with a sliced tire and can of fix-a-flat. Not a good match and wow was he mad, did not know Maliblue came with out a spare, hey yeah it is a Maliblue because they were blue and sad about dropping close to $120 for a tow out of the parking tower!

[Edited by: GENO54 at 3/8/2015 10:06:39 PM EST]
jl1rp
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2015 8:27:28 PM

no
cv
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2015 6:59:09 AM

I haven't done that.
PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2015 4:11:19 PM

No
drgeeforce
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2015 1:41:22 PM

A spare tire is there mainly for the convenience of not having to tow your car. Blow-outs are very rare these days with present day technology built into the tires. Most 2K cars have either a temporary donut or nowadays, a can of fix-a-flat. I carry a tire plug and two cans of Slime.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2015 11:28:55 AM

The light meager weight involved is not noted by driving steady at any speed. The small weight advantage starts to amount to a savings only when when/each time that vehicle has stopped motion, or when each time it becomes accelerated to a higher speed, and at what rate(extra energy time interval) required varies with different drivers/HP vehicles/total weight factor/level of terrain/wind forces.

The force of INERTIA resisting stays the same. Its the amount of times the driver must start/stop/resume that compounds the energy cost, like braking is a waste to propelled energy in motion or to acquire each interval of motion. To hold both of one's arms in a horizontal position, then takes extra physical energy.

For an example listen/feel your vehicle's auto tranny re-shift through each gear change each time you stop/restart motion. INERTIA causes that. Just remember the compounding is where the cost or savings of fuel is the bigger results seen.... or not along with the amount of LBS. aIsi ! ~ ~ ~
tnhusker
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2015 10:51:59 AM

For considering removing the spare to save gas I wouldn't but also consider other weight factors. Do you have passengers, what about when shopping and bring home the goods that is extra weight also? Do you carry other thing you may or may not need for work like laptops, supplies or tools?
xmstr
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2015 10:43:30 AM

No way
clhall87
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 2:02:27 PM

no way
dieharder
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 12:52:36 PM

Won't see a measurable difference removing the spare. You're not talking hundreds of pounds here.
RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 6:21:27 AM

not worth the risk of being stranded with a flat tire
billy44bo
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 5:30:31 AM

No I think that I would take the hit on MPG to keep the spare in the car
badbobKY
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 4:05:04 AM

no
twt
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 2:50:51 PM

The spare tire is there for a reason.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 6:59:28 AM

I mistakenly meant V/8 instead of V/4 engines, Sorry, but I guess I did use them at less then 50% capacity output often during those years past.

Anyway no ? ? ? comments about that, I never owned a cylinder deactivation engine type of vehicle, never planned on it.
jitsu
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 6:57:10 AM

Never!!!
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 6:14:31 AM

P-L-E-A-S-E
weddy11
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 8:59:31 AM

Never
twt
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2015 11:27:29 AM

not a good idea on the roads today.
eyegotgas2
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2015 8:12:04 AM

Not a good idea if you ever need a spare
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2015 3:56:51 PM

Over the past years, I have left My full size spare wheel in our garage for lengthy time periods. Fuel prices were relatively cheap then and I was driving all V/4 engine cars/trucks.

During any trips of 400 miles or farther I managed to keep those stored spares/hardware on board My vehicle.

Never worried about flats I guess, still don't. Over a near 60 years of driving I have had only two running flats, and never any blow-outs over that 59+ years of driving.

Last winter I had My second R/R flat over night, A $14.00 fix the next day, on My daily driver of 14 years old, the original, and still new spare never been removed from that same vehicle. That flat was in My own driveway the next morning.

The only other flat was 1500+ feet from home during the mid "70" I believe on a 12 year old favorite car, left rear rolling 7 second flat.

I have saved fuel driving locally in stop/go driving with less spare weight. Probably saved a lot if I was even more surefooted in my thinking about spares/flats. The worry free thoughts still are better after all the higher price increases taken place since My first flat in a "67" nearly new vehicle. Fuel then I remember was $.62.... $.76 gal, there a-bouts!
JohnCur
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2015 9:42:40 AM

I have AAA but prefer carrying the donut
contiki
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2015 7:16:12 AM

Stupid idea........
mybigtruck
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2015 3:27:54 AM

I leave the spare in the garage if I don't drive long distances from home
krazkar
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2015 8:17:33 PM

Why?
stoihor
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2015 8:11:03 PM

no.
Tucsonhomes
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2015 12:22:11 PM

Nope
PhilnTX
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2015 10:29:36 AM

Niece bought a new car and it didn't come with a spare. It was an $80 option.
Mininana
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2015 10:23:24 AM

copy that, hoop, very funny... just don't tire me..
bennyk2000
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2015 7:21:36 AM

Not a good idea
CaptainAnhyzer
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2015 7:10:08 AM

LOL Hoop !! I see what you did there.
twt
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2015 6:32:16 AM

Are you serious?
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2015 6:25:27 AM

Oh, please spare me!!!
CaptainAnhyzer
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2015 7:48:53 AM

about as smart as removing your wallet to save money
Skyjunky
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2015 6:28:47 AM

no
redfish67
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 12:07:27 PM

sucks when you do that and get a flat and how much does it really save in gas?
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 12:36:13 PM

Never!!
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 9:07:41 AM

The thing is ,any factor of fuel saving truly drops off when fuel prices get low,(low like near $1.50 gal). City type driving, where mileage is worse, total vehicle weight plus motion restarts/stopping adds to the weight difference for savings/extra fuel costs.

Any weight, not just a tire/wheel removed can effect the cost/savings balance, along with fuel price changes. The other variables are driver's choices/traffic conditions/terrain, ETC. Many! AIsi.....
Boyrr
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 9:07:24 AM

dumb and dumber idea
speedy_911
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 11:19:43 AM

I have a 'donut', not a full size spare in my vehicle
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 6:30:23 AM

A bit disconcerting that some manufacturers don't include a spare tire any more.
Gabilondo
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 2:10:59 PM

And when you have a flat in the middle of nowhere?
OilerFan
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 7:51:46 AM

It's not a good idea.
RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 6:08:35 AM

not worth the risk
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 7:17:28 PM

Big measure of Luck needed! Maybe 24-7 X years.......
kilowatt2
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 5:09:42 PM

Sounds stupid, but I know there are people out there that fit the bill

Points please.
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