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General Chat Thread, Spare wheels in General; Originally Posted by plexer A different size tyre on an a side is an mot failure simple, a space saver ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    A different size tyre on an a side is an mot failure simple, a space saver should only be on for a short period of time.

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    It only failed because I went to the dealer instead of the garage that normally did that car's MOT. Wherever the usual garage did their testing they didn't seem to care or notice (bearing in mind the car had full checkups before each test). Either way full size spare saved having to go out and get another tyre.

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    I had a highspeed blowout a couple of years ago late at night, there is no foam that would have sealed that hole! So glad I had a (space-saver) spare as I didn't have a phone signal at that place..... Suggest you buy a spare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    It only failed because I went to the dealer instead of the garage that normally did that car's MOT. Wherever the usual garage did their testing they didn't seem to care or notice (bearing in mind the car had full checkups before each test). Either way full size spare saved having to go out and get another tyre.
    Sounds to me like the dealer did things properly. As Plexer mentioned, mismatching tyres is an MOT fail (generally speaking, there are exceptions).

    Besides that, it's just a bit silly. Your tyres are the only contact points with the ground, they're the only things keeping you on the road. Mismatching tyre sizes (and brands for that matter) equals mismatching levels of grip, fine for tootling around town but not so good for an emergency stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcstru View Post
    Lots of things can go wrong with a car - I've had more windscreens go in the last 20 years than I've had punctures but not carrying a spare windscreen has never bothered me. The one puncture I have had I could have used foam or if I had to wait for a breakdown service - that's just life.
    If you are stuck in the middle of nowhere with no phone signal and your windscreen goes, you can always carry on until you can call for help. If you get a blow-out, your stuffed. I've just sent emails to all of the major manufacturers asking if they provide spares. That should reduce the shortlist.

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    I just found this list of cars that come with spares. Amazingly, only 23% of Landrovers and if you want to replace the foam can on a Vauxhall it will cost you £50!

    Which cars come with spare tyres? - Punctures and car tyre repair - Car tyres - Driving your car - Which? Car

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMat View Post
    Sounds to me like the dealer did things properly. As Plexer mentioned, mismatching tyres is an MOT fail (generally speaking, there are exceptions).

    Besides that, it's just a bit silly. Your tyres are the only contact points with the ground, they're the only things keeping you on the road. Mismatching tyre sizes (and brands for that matter) equals mismatching levels of grip, fine for tootling around town but not so good for an emergency stop.
    I'm not talking sticking a 16" tyre on the car when everything else is 18" or something silly like that. I'm talking the codes on the tyre were off by one number. You wouldn't be able to tell unless you got down and read the black on black embossed text on the side of the tyre. They were practically the same size, only the text on the side was different.

    Besides, I was more annoyed that the dealer supplied the tyres with the car in the first place and didn't find out in their supposed pre-sales check. And to top it off the previous owner was one of their mechanics!

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    Im riding mis-matched wheels on my Land Rover Discovery at the moment. I got a puncture on one of my Summer wheels over the weekend, and my spare is a winter/offroad wheel.
    So I've currently got 3x 19" 'Summer' Wheels, and 1x 18" Full Offroad Wheel until I get the other one repaired.

    Still, glad I had a spare wheel!



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