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Spare tire damage awd?

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#1 OFFLINE   Mpedlar24


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Posted 05 July 2016 - 07:41 PM

I searched for an answer and I'm sorry if this topic has been beet to death but have to ask.
I recently bought a 2009 MKS from an estate sale with a spare tire on the front. I have no idea how long this has been on and what possible damage may have been done. I have not taken it on a good drive yet as i am waiting for 2 new tires.

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Posted 06 July 2016 - 07:55 AM


My $.02.... If the spare tire is the correct spare tire, then its total height "should be" about the same as the permanent tire (albeit skinny). It technically "should not" affect the AWD system. If a problem occurs with the spare on the car, the AWD will disable itself and a light will display in the dash. It will default to only front wheel drive until the problem is remedied.

Follow your own advice. Keep driving to a minimum until you can install a full-sized tire.

Edited by lincwitsync, 06 July 2016 - 09:42 AM.

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#3 OFFLINE   Waldo


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Posted 12 July 2016 - 07:47 AM

The AWD system is "smart" enough to detect the mini-spare and adjust accordingly, so don't worry about the AWD, but it's still prudent to get the regular tire back on as soon as possible.

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