Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Brooksville, FL
Replacement for space-saver spare?
I have a '97 bone-stock LX with 4.6. For some reason, I have had a LOT of flat tires in the past couple of years, even tho I run good rubber (not the very best, but good: Bridgestone Insignia SE 200's, 215X70x15 all around). Consequently, I have run the space-saver spare too much, like nearly 100 miles on it now (my daily commute is 116mi, so if I get a flat, I can have a long way to go either to the office or back home). Furthermore, it is a 1997, so the spare is getting to be near 12 years old. What would you folks recommend to replace this with, in order to get something less than say, 4 or 5 years old? I do have a spare (5th) matching wheel, and I was thinking about maybe putting a 60-series (lower profile) tire on that so it would fit in the trunk-well, the 215 is too big in diameter. Last question -- local bone yard sold me a never on the ground $5 135x70x15 mini from a 1999 Sable, vs the 125x90x15 that I have now run for 100 miles.... will the smaller overall diameter cause trouble if I need it on the rear end and the regular tire vs the spare are spinning a diff rates?? This is still over 10 years old, even if never on the ground, so I am still not real comfortable......
I appreciate any help on this, I searched but could not find answers to these questions....