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How long can you drive on an Audi spare tire?

Last Updated: 25th May, 2020

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A general rule of thumb is to drive no more than 70 miles and no faster than 50 miles per hour before replacing your donut with a new tire. The biggest reason to use these space savers for a short period of time is because they have little to no tread. This makes the spare vulnerable to road hazards and projectiles.

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Also question is, what happens if you drive on a spare tire too long?

You should not drive over 50 mph and no more than 50 miles with a donut-type spare tire. Driving for long distances on a spare tire can potentially cause damage to other car parts, including the transmission.

Also, can you drive on the highway with a spare tire? When you are driving on the temporary spare tire, you need to keep your speed down. It's not a full tire, and it is not meant to be driven as one. You will want to keep your speed to 50 MPH or below. Since you can't go above 50, this means that you cannot drive on the highway with it.

Likewise, people ask, how fast can you drive on a spare tire?

50 mph

Can you reuse a spare tire?

Yes you can. Check your tread wear indicators, and remember to keep your spare properly inflated.

Related Question Answers

Shantae Zasursky

Professional

Can I drive on a spare for a week?

Safe-Saver/Donut Spare Tire
Your owner's manual will give the recommendations for driving time and speed. A general rule of thumb is to drive no more than 70 miles and no faster than 50 miles per hour before replacing your donut with a new tire.

Krystel Espiau

Professional

Can I drive a flat tire 2 miles?

How far is too far? To be safe, driving on a flat tire at all is too far. If your tire has lost all air pressure, it not only will damage the tire beyond the possibility of repair, but can put you in harm's way. If you choose to drive it to the shop, stop every mile or so to check the tire's pressure.

Santisima Reddich

Professional

Can you put air in a donut tire?

Check your donut tire pressure: The safe air pressure recommended for the donut tire is 60 pounds per square inch (psi). Since the donut tire sits for a while without being inspected, it is a good idea to check the air once you put the tire on your car.

Ignas Ereio

Explainer

Can you replace just one tire?

Replacing One Tire
If you choose to only replace one tire, pair it with the tire that has the second-most tread depth. They should both be mounted on the rear of your vehicle. Replacing only one tire is not as ideal as replacing two or all four tires.

Anastasi Czenz

Explainer

How do I know if my spare tire is going bad?

Visually check the condition.
Whenever you check the spare tire, look for cracking in the sidewalls and in between the tread blocks. If there are light cracks that the edge of a penny don't catch on, you are alright to use the spare tire and just have it replaced after usage.

Argenis Gosebruch

Explainer

How far can you drive on a rim?

The flat tire "acts as a cushion," according to Car Talk, protecting the rim of the wheel. You can therefore drive — again, at a slow speed — for hundreds of yards before your wheel is damaged, "though your tire may no longer be any good."

Arcesio Pedrinho

Pundit

What cars dont have spare tires?

Researchers for the roadside-services provider examined model-year 2017 vehicles and found that 28 percent of the new cars do not come with a spare tire as standard equipment.

Here they are in alphabetical order:
  • Acura NSX.
  • Audi R8.
  • Audi TT.
  • BMW 2 Series.
  • BMW 3 Series.
  • BMW 4 Series.
  • BMW 6 Series.
  • BMW i3.

Firdaouss Lane

Pundit

Is driving on a donut bad for your car?

Space-saver or “donutspare tires aren't intended for long-term driving and can become worn much more quickly than a standard tire – particularly if they're driven at too high a speed or for too many miles. A damaged spare isn't likely to perform well, even after being repaired, so it's much safer just to replace it.

Petro Leyen

Pundit

How long can you drive with a nail in your tire?

A repair too close to the sidewall may cause a blowout if you hit a curb just right. If the nail is toward the center of the tire, you're in luck because it can be patched. I've driven close to 3 weeks with a nail in the center area of the tread.

Garnik Castresana

Pundit

What's the difference between a spare tire and a donut?

There is a difference between these two “back-up” tires you can use when you get a flat tire. Spare tires are full-size tires that are the same size as your existing tires. They allow you to drive normally without any noticeable changes in handling or performance. On the other hand, donuts are a temporary spare tire .

Nayima Vyrubov

Pundit

How much does a donut tire cost?

Spare tire prices vary greatly depending on the type of spare you purchase, and often start at $100 and go up. A full-size matching spare generally costs more than twice that of a compact temporary. Some donut tires can be purchased online for as low as $50, but are more expensive at a tire retailer.

Dine Seredov

Teacher

Alasana Kowalczek

Teacher

Why spare wheel is smaller?

The main reason your spare tire is smaller is because they are meant to take up less space in your vehicle. Donut spares usually have a smaller diameter, narrower width and shallower tread, which means they make great space-savers. This is especially important to maximize the storage area in your boot.

Enrique Sciamanna

Teacher

Will a donut tire fit any car?

The compact temporary spare tire and wheel that comes with a vehicle is designed to fit that vehicle only. Never attempt to use a Temporary/Compact Spare Tire and wheel on another vehicle unless it is the exact same make and model.

Ilsa Ettelt

Teacher

When should I replace my spare tire?

Short answer: Speaking of age only (as opposed to physical limits of a tire) If you have a full size spare, it should be replaced after exceeding 10 years past the (in the United States, this is the DOT stamped date on the tire) manufacture date.

Un Altmeyer

Reviewer

What happens if you go over 50mph on a spare tire?

Donut spare tires are intended for temporary use only. There are usage limits molded right into the sidewall on many that I have seen - their use is normally restricted to 50 miles at speeds not exceeding 50 mph. Driving 53 mph will not cause the car to explode, and the tire won't magically vaporize at mile 51.

Andon Madalan

Reviewer

Restituto Jozwia

Reviewer

Can you get pulled over for driving on a donut?

Thankfully, you're able to safely pull over to the side of the road to put on your spare tire. Wrong – most spare tires are not meant to replace your flat tire indefinitely. You can conservatively drive about 50 miles on a temporary spare tire.

Torahi Kalakos

Reviewer

Are donut tires universal?

The spare tire more commonly known as a donut. If the mounting pattern and backspacing are compatible, and the overall diameter isn't too far off, and the vehicle weights are fairly similar, yes.