Original Firestone space saver spare tire exploded in trunk

medurham

Active Member
Just a reminder why tires need to be replaced by date of manufacture and not tread. My original, never on the car spare exploded in my trunk. A new tire was on my list to replace. Guess it just got moved to the top of the list.
I guess I better replace mine next spring with the rest of the tires!! It’s from 2002 also!
 

Icewine

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That really is surprising. The seven year rule really has more to do with the tires being exposed to the elements, specifically heat, which can cause the rubber to deteriorate. That said, eighteen years is a long time, and a rubber band that sits in your desk drawer will definitely be less elastic after a few years. Old rubber, under pressure, I guess it all adds up. Time to start shopping for a replacement tire.
 

Icewine

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My car came that way, the spare was popped. I couldn't find one at the time so I purchased a chrome 7 spoke wheel with a michelin pilot mounted on it. I eventually found the Maxxis spare and actually had to use it once. Now I have a chrome wheel, center cap and tire in the back of my garage.
If that seven spoke wheel was off a 2004 Thunderbird, I would be asking you to sell it to me! Two of mine have the chrome peeling off and I don’t want to pay the outrageous amount being asked for OEM through the dealership. Even with my special relationship with my local Ford dealer (I used to be his FoMoCo Parts & Service Rep), I’m still looking at $1,600 CDN per wheel. It has me thinking aftermarket, but I really don’t want to go that way.
 
That really is surprising. The seven year rule really has more to do with the tires being exposed to the elements, specifically heat, which can cause the rubber to deteriorate. That said, eighteen years is a long time, and a rubber band that sits in your desk drawer will definitely be less elastic after a few years. Old rubber, under pressure, I guess it all adds up. Time to start shopping for a replacement tire.
18 years in the trunk in the Arizona desert has a lot to do with it.
 
If that seven spoke wheel was off a 2004 Thunderbird, I would be asking you to sell it to me! Two of mine have the chrome peeling off and I don’t want to pay the outrageous amount being asked for OEM through the dealership. Even with my special relationship with my local Ford dealer (I used to be his FoMoCo Parts & Service Rep), I’m still looking at $1,600 CDN per wheel. It has me thinking aftermarket, but I really don’t want to go that way.
Had mine rechromed on my 03 and they look great.
Ken
 

OhioTbird

Active Member
When a tire of mine let go on the road, I learned there is a born on date on the inside of the tire.

the coding started in 2000. None of mine had a code telling me their minimum age.

Replaced everything including the full size spare.
 
Just a reminder why tires need to be replaced by date of manufacture and not tread. My original, never on the car spare tire exploded in my trunk. A new tire was on my list to replace. Guess it just got moved to the top of the list.
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Are you in a high temperature part of the country and was the car out in the sun when it happened? I attempted to get a close fit spare from Walmart a few years ago that was too wide so the trunk floor would not fit. They gave me my money back because I had not mounted it. Let us know if you find a perfect fit. There was one available several years ago but it was scarce and a lot more money. I am going to look again before I head south with the car hopefully next spring. (Mine had been used at least once by me and I would not want to be with out it)
 
Are you in a high temperature part of the country and was the car out in the sun when it happened? I attempted to get a close fit spare from Walmart a few years ago that was too wide so the trunk floor would not fit. They gave me my money back because I had not mounted it. Let us know if you find a perfect fit. There was one available several years ago but it was scarce and a lot more money. I am going to look again before I head south with the car hopefully next spring. (Mine had been used at least once by me and I would not want to be with out it)
I got a replacement from Maxxis delivered to my door in a few days. Already mounted and back in the trunk. And yes I do live in a high temperature state (Arizona).
 
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