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Posted: 1/9/2006 1:16:09 PM EDT

I need a new set of tires for my 1998 SUV.

I have a full sized OEM spare. Can I use it safely with
three new tires; or might I have problems due to its age?

It has been riding on the outside of the vehicle protected by a
wheel cover.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 1:56:25 PM EDT
Even though they probably look new, 8 years is pretty old for a tire. The rubber starts to decompose as soon as they pop out from the factory - Ozone, sunlight, heat and cold etc. If it doesn't have cracks, it might still work alright. I wouldn't mount it in the front though.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 2:16:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2006 2:24:36 PM EDT by twonami]
It should be fine. I used the 12 year old donut spare on my Caravan for the first time this summer and it was fine. I drove on it for about 24 hours and no probs
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 2:21:25 PM EDT
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