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Ford Fusion: Changing a Road Wheel / Dissimilar Spare Wheel and Tire Assembly Information

Ford Fusion 2013–2020 Owners Manual / Wheels and Tires / Changing a Road Wheel / Dissimilar Spare Wheel and Tire Assembly Information

WARNING: Failure to follow these guidelines could result in an increased risk of loss of vehicle control, injury or death.

If you have a dissimilar spare wheel and tire, use it for temporary use only. This means that if you need to use it, you should replace it as soon as possible with a road wheel and tire assembly that is the same size and type as the road tires and wheels that originally came with your vehicle. If the dissimilar spare tire or wheel is damaged, replace it instead of repairing it.

Important Use of Spare Wheel

A dissimilar spare wheel and tire assembly is a spare wheel and tire assembly that is different in brand, size or appearance from the road tires and wheels and can be one of three types:

Ford Fusion. Dissimilar Spare Wheel and Tire Assembly Information

1 This spare tire begins with the letter T for tire size and may have Temporary Use Only molded in the sidewall.

2 This spare tire has a label on the wheel that states: THIS WHEEL AND TIRE ASSEMBLY FOR TEMPORARY USE ONLY.

Driving with a T-type Mini-spare or Fullsize Dissimilar Spare with Label on Wheel

Do not:

  • Exceed 50 mph (80 km/h).
  • Load the vehicle beyond maximum vehicle load rating listed on the Safety Compliance Label.
  • Tow a trailer.
  • Use snow chains on the end of the vehicle with the dissimilar spare tire.
  • Use more than one dissimilar spare tire at a time.
  • Use commercial car washing equipment.
  • Try to repair the dissimilar spare tire.

Use of the above dissimilar spare wheel at any one wheel location can lead to impairment of the following:

  • Handling, stability and braking performance.
  • Comfort and noise.
  • Ground clearance and parking at curbs.
  • Winter weather driving capability.
  • Wet weather driving capability.
  • All-wheel driving capability, if applicable.

Driving with a Full-size Dissimilar Spare Wheel and Tire Assembly

Do not:

  • Exceed 70 mph (113 km/h).
  • Use more than one dissimilar spare wheel and tire assembly at a time.
  • Use commercial car washing equipment.
  • Use snow chains on the end of the vehicle with the dissimilar spare wheel and tire assembly.

Use of the above dissimilar spare wheel at any one wheel location can lead to impairment of the following:

  • Handling, stability and braking performance.
  • Comfort and noise.
  • Ground clearance and parking at curbs.
  • Winter weather driving capability.
  • Wet weather driving capability.
  • All-wheel driving capability.

Give additional caution to the following when driving with the full-size dissimilar spare wheel and tire assembly:

  • Towing a trailer.
  • Driving vehicles equipped with a camper body.
  • Driving vehicles with a load on the cargo rack.

Drive cautiously when using a full-size dissimilar spare wheel and tire assembly and seek service as soon as possible.

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