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    Default Directional tyre fitting

    I just had a tyre fitted to my spare wheel. 19" snowflake. The guy called me to ask what side the wheel is going on. I asked why. It's a directional thread tyre he said so it's got to be correct.
    I never knew the tyre would be directional so i just said take your pick as it's only a spare.

    This wheel will only be used as a spare if needed. I presume it will be fine to drive on it until i can get to a garage to replace the damaged tyre.

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    A lot of tyres are directional. There will be markings and an arrow on the side wall to show which side it should go on. The arrow marks the forward direction rotation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shan View Post
    I just had a tyre fitted to my spare wheel. 19" snowflake. The guy called me to ask what side the wheel is going on. I asked why. It's a directional thread tyre he said so it's got to be correct.
    I never knew the tyre would be directional so i just said take your pick as it's only a spare.

    This wheel will only be used as a spare if needed. I presume it will be fine to drive on it until i can get to a garage to replace the damaged tyre.
    as long as you don't mind driving backwards

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    Why have you fitted a new tyre for the spare??

    I always wonder why people buy a new tyre, just to keep in the boot.

    When I need to change tyres on my cars, I always only buy one tyre and put the spare on the car. Clearly this only happens the first tyre renewal, and only where the spare is full size.

    This car has one of those cost savers, and I binned it for a wheel and tyre of my old Vectra B that I had lying around from when I fitted alloys.

    Ok it may not be perfect, but it's better than the cost saver.

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    The 4 wheels have thread of 4mm allround. I could not get a part worn tyre at the time. So i just bought a new tyre to get the job done.
    I didn't want to put 1 x 8mm theaded tyre on with the rest only 4mm.

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    Fair enough. What was wrong with the spare then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste View Post
    Fair enough. What was wrong with the spare then?
    The VX spare is a skinny get home jobby. I do not want to use it with 19" wheels on the Irmscher trip about 2500 miles. Finger's crossed i wont.
    I got a snowflake free from a member on here just needed it tidied up and fit a tyre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shan View Post
    This wheel will only be used as a spare if needed. I presume it will be fine to drive on it until i can get to a garage to replace the damaged tyre.

    Only if you want 3 points and a sixty pound fine. Illegal I'm afraid...

    directional tyres need to be fitted correctly....classed as dangerous

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    Why didn't you get a non directional tyre fitted? no problem then.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    If the tyres you have on the other 4 snowflakes arent directional you dont have a problem, just put the spare on the side where it will be running properly and put the wheel you've taken off in place of the flat. Glad its sorted mate

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