- Buick Ownership
- 2018 Regal TourX Essence
I was thinking about putting something under it, but then I just tighten the nut and test it. It feels pretty solid and doesn't rock. There is only one thing I'm planning to add - some cushion tape on the rib that spare sits on. Just to prevent from damaging the paint, if spare ever moves.Uniqez: Did you put anything underneath the spare to cushion it? It seemed to me it might rock and make some noise so I put a rolled up beach towel under it. But, maybe once the wing nut is tightened down, it may not move around - I didn't test that. There's plenty of room to store small stuff under and around the spare.
Is that the 5-spoke wheel? Alloy, I think I read somewhere?Unfortunately, I gouged the sidewall of a tire on my TourX and I got to use my spare, a P/N 9594807 out of a 2010 DTS. This wheel does rub a bit on the brake caliper when driving on my car (replaced front right.) I did not have to do more than 3 miles of driving on it, thankfully. The removable piece in the cladding (just pull toward you) at the front jack point was good so a scissor jack could fit and not damage the plastic.
Yeah, it's this black alloy wheel:Is that the 5-spoke wheel? Alloy, I think I read somewhere?
That's good information. There looks to be plenty of clearance with the steel wheel.
You could probably put the spare on the back and not have any clearance problems, and then put the good tire from the rear on the front.Yeah, it's this black alloy wheel:
It was drivable for a few miles. If I had to do more than five miles on it, I think I'd opt for a tow.
+1 here. Normally you don't want to put doughnut on the front anyways. Most of the car manuals would state this.You could probably put the spare on the back and not have any clearance problems, and then put the good tire from the rear on the front.
It's good to know that the rear has better clearance. By the time I knew it was rubbing, I did not have time to move it (nor any info that the rear would be better anyway) and keep my appointment at the tire place. I stopped and made sure I wasn't rubbing so badly that I was going to rip the caliper off and then drove cautiously to the tire shop. I will keep the idea of putting the spare on the rear in mind for the next time I need to use my spare. This will hopefully be many years from now.You could probably put the spare on the back and not have any clearance problems, and then put the good tire from the rear on the front.
Yeah, but it would apply to all cars without full size spare. Your front wheels are steering obviously, so you do want to turn the steering wheel and car would follow, instead of losing the grip on the doughnut.I can't even imagine how pissed I would be if I had a blowout and had to change 2 tires... I know how grumpy I am having to change one.
It's actually the opposite ... for safety you always want the most grippy tires on the rear, no matter the drive configuration.
I would strongly disagree.It's actually the opposite ... for safety you always want the most grippy tires on the rear, no matter the drive configuration.
The logic is that if the less grippy tires are on the rear, the rear will be first to lose grip, resulting in loss of control and a spin. If the less grippy tires are on the front they will lose grip first, which results in far more controllable understeer.I would strongly disagree.
Most of the vehicles have more weight on the front and your car relies a lot on the front wheels for breaking. Now imagine breaking with half of the grip on one side... most of the manufacturer's doughnut spare would not fit over the front caliper for a reason, they don't want you to have it on the front.
How fast and aggressive are people driving with doughnuts on? I suppose a panic braking situation can happen at any speed, but I could not imagine/would not recommend driving faster than 35mph with it on.But if you have doughnut on the front and have an emergency situation where you are breaking hard to avoid an accident, your car would lose traction on one side at no time.
It's actually not. I was at the tire company's proving grounds where they had two identical Ford Focuses except one had worn front tires and the other had worn rear tires. We took them out on a wet skid pad and were told to go as fast as we could. Virtually everyone spun out the one with worn rears. No one had any problems just backing off the gas and regaining control with the worn fronts.