Wrong on so many levels.I just thought I’d chime in here concerning tire covers. I never cared for those covers and when I bought my ‘98 it didn’t have one and I never put one on. Well, bad move as this is what can happen with the unprotected spare sitting out in the sun, rain and snow and especially when it’s not kept in a garage like our 2 CR-V’s.
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What was scary was I had just finished washing the car and I had cleaned and polished the rim on the spare! Several hours later I came out of the house and this is what greeted me. Luckily there was no damage to the car or to ME!
Needless to say, I immediately started searching online for covers.There was a guy selling replacement 1st and 2nd gen. covers, (yes they’re the same), on Ebay awhile back at a bargain price. I purchased one and it was like you said Lochinvar, a real bear to get on. Took all my strength and tons of time to stretch the darn thing on.
Awhile after that I decided I better check the air pressure in the spare. Talk about a bear getting it on, it was just as bad getting it OFF! I decided to check with the guy on Ebay that I bought it from to see if he had any of the covers left. Luckily he had one more left and I bought it as a spare because if I ever need to use the spare, I’m ripping or cutting the darn cover off!
I don’t remember what model it was but I’ve never been a fan of BFG. I put an expensive set of BFG’s on a Toyota pickup I had several years ago and even with regular rotation and balancing, they wore out way too quickly.That's awesome, in a nuclear-bombs-do-a-lot-of-damage sort of awesome.
TBH tho, I've had that happen to a tire I was driving on. It's way better for it to happen to the spare than a tire you're driving on. I don't really think a tire being in use, rather than on the back, is going to prevent that from happening.
It looks more like a defective tire, rather than environmental. All 5 of your tires are going to experience the same environmental conditions, regardless of position. The only difference is that when you use your tires, it warms the rubber up so the side walls don't dry out and crack. It is that cracking that the spare cover is meant to prevent, not tread separation.
I'd say you're lucky it was the spare, and that you weren't driving when it happened. Really nasty stuff can happen if the tread separates on a tire you're driving on.
What model tire was that BTW? The tire that happened to all my car was a BFG.
Well I guess you’re an expert on this sort of thing and what you say has merit but you are mistaken in that this sort of thing NEVER is an issue. Tires blow out all the time and that’s why you see so many tire tread pieces on the interstates and why truckers drive with two wheels on the end of each axle.Wrong on so many levels.
Billions of cars sit outside in the hottest, coldest, worst weather world wide daily and that is never an issue.
The issues is if that tire was ancient, over inflated. Been sitting there for for years, finally just rotted and blew out. Just like any other of the 4 tires.
Ya covered it may have lasted a little longer (keeps the sunlight from increasing degradation of the rubber) but it would have happened either way eventually.
This is why spare tires are made differently and stored inside where no light or anything can reach them. To increase their life. But still exposed to temperature extremes and age like anything else.
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It may not have been super explosive. The air bladder looks like it was still intact.I don’t know how old the tire was or what exactly caused it to explode but I’m sure glad I wasn’t near it when it happened!
That's precisely my case. 22 year old tire sitting unused on the back of the vehicle. I'm the 3rd owner of the vehicle, knew the 2nd owner who inherited it from his grandfather who bought it new.Sure, you're like the 'tire's so old it failed', but how old is that tire? Is it possible that spare tire has been sitting on back of the car unused since before your last three sets of tires were mounted on the car?
no no no. Never ever rotate the spare on to the car. The only thing that will do is make the wear on all the tire's completely uneven. Especially don't do that on a four-wheel drive car, where all four of your road wheels must match exactly.What people should be doing, is rotating the spare into the normal rotation of the other wheels so it gets used evenly like the others