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19" rim owners w/ AWD, dont use your spare tire !!
Hi all, we replaced our 2005 Altima with an AWD '19 SR , 19" rims. I was wary about buying a 1st year redesign, especially with the AWD, but the wife really REALLY wanted it. At about 1000 miles, she ran over a nail, and I threw on the donut so she can do some local driving and get it to the tire repair shop. After just a few miles , she got a warning on her dash to "PULL OVER , her AWD was overheating." ( I cannot tell you exactly what the message was ) She had to pull over several times on local roads, driving less than 30mph. When she brought the car home, I measured the wheel Vs. the spare and it is about 1" smaller in diameter. I spoke to a couple mechanics, and they told me its ridiculous that the donut doesnt have the same circumference as the rest of the tires. I mean, I have heard tires with uneven wear causing AWD problems , an INCH less? That just seems crazy to me.
I called the dealership, they advised to bring it in. Of course, they check out the car , check it all OK , and they say everything is fine. What if we needed the spare on a freeway? Are we expected to pull over every mile for a cool-down? Completely unacceptable in my view.
I opened a case with Nissan, and they want to take no responsibility for this issue. Both the dealership and company admit the cause for the overheat message is the spare, yet they say this is NORMAL. As far as Im concerned, this is a recall issue for everyone with 19" rims, and Im worried about the stress we put on the components of our AWD system already. I will be using their roadside assistance from this point on, they should not even include a spare, if it isnt compatible.
I am NOT happy with this purchase, and I need to consider other options like writing a letter to corporate, or National Highway Safety. Thoughts?
Last edited by ITALIAN926; 05-16-2019 at 01:27 AM.