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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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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.
roadrunner7669
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 4:22:04 PM

no
VWDeeZel
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 10:24:38 AM

Your average North American would be far better off removing some of the fat around their gut if they want to lighten their vehicles to save gas.
ray44512
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 11:38:16 PM

While removing weight always helps mpg, your spare does not weigh enough to make much difference. I carry a full size spare.
New Camaros have a small compressor in the trunk, but no spare. In a case like this you will need to rely on roadside assistance of some sort.
ecsojay
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:52:35 PM

nope
pilotdlh
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 12:01:31 PM

Not worth it.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 9:54:45 AM

I can only say what works for Me. One might keep their spare handy, flat or not(spare) that is. I often saw more cars in distress when traveling, most had their hoods open instead of the trunk lids.

Not to say there were no flat problems but that seemed a bit strange, most were fine looking late model vehicles. As far as saving gas, the spare was never seen by me or a downed tire problem. Verbal Sixty seconds help chat, I drove on ahead my way.....
badbobKY
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 8:40:38 AM

no
LibertyGuardian
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 7:57:03 AM

" Topic: Removing the Spare Tire to save Gas? "

.....

Seriously??

I can't imagine anyone being so strapped for cash they felt they had to resort to such stupidity in order save a few drops of gas just to get by...



[Edited by: LibertyGuardian at 1/15/2015 8:01:54 AM EST]
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 6:10:41 AM

Oh no you didn't.
46chief
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 3:56:36 PM

no
VFS37
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 10:00:31 AM

No
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 6:28:59 AM

No, the only time it is removed is when I have a flat tire. I had a flat this morning & was glad the spare was where it belongs!!
RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 6:09:00 AM

not worth the risk of being stranded.
GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 5:42:23 AM

Stupid idea??
hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 9:35:42 AM

Not a good idea.
GBMAX
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 5:22:10 PM

not worth the risk
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 4:00:20 PM

Not me. . .
lilmx5guy
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 3:16:02 PM

Not worth the marginal savings to me.
GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2015 2:08:02 PM

No never...
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