<VV> Was: Compact Spare Now: Negligence?!?!
mr.jebecker at gmail.com
Tue Sep 3 22:47:05 EDT 2019
I only gave the CD article a quick look. The Mustang is sounding a lot more
like my Catera story than I realized.
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Subject: Was: Compact Spare Now: Negligence?!?!
I stated that your previous post highlighted that I had missed something and
I did. However, something else was bugging me. Actually there was
something else that we both missed. I went back to the C&D article and
scrutinized it. Something that we both missed jumped off the screen at me.
You stated that the tire in C&D's test was " huge compared to most I've
seen." There is a very good reason for that. The test tire isn't what we
commonly refer to as a compact or mini spare tire. It is a tire that is
built to standard specification for prolonged road use. It is bigger, as
you say but also has much deeper tread than a mini. To meet federal
requirements, it will also have more plies and other characteristics
required by law. What drew me to this conclusion is that the pictured tire
isn't plastered with a warning label. On compact spares, I believe this
label is required by law and it is applied by the manufacturer. It isn't an
afterthought. (Perhaps I am wrong about this. I haven't owned a new car in
quite some time. Are compact spares still required to have warning labels?
I assume so.)
I am told that the GT high performance tires will not fit in the Mustang
trunk at all. Ford had this spare tire designed as a true roadworthy spare
that does fit in the trunk. It is offered as an option kit including a
scissor jack and mounting hardware. It was probably designed to mimic the
performance characteristics of the tires that come with the cars. This is
why the test performance re: g-force, braking, etc. was surprisingly good.
C&D refers to the test tire as a "donut spare tire" which implies that it is
what we all expect of a compact/mini spare intended for limited speed and
distance. It is anything but a mini spare in the traditional sense. For
C&D to present this test as anything resembling reality is a travesty. The
intent of the article seems to be "Surprise, the spare runs like a real
tire." when it should say, "Surprise, the spare tire IS a real tire." I
hope that subsequent to the publication of the article, they published a
correction or retraction. People like Jack are driving around on time bombs
without knowing it. I hope Jack is still following this thread and corrects
the situation. I am CCing him and hope he doesn't ignore it.
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