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Spare Tyre and Fog lights

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by gbv, May 26, 2012.

  1. gbv

    gbv Member

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    My Tyres size is 235-45-17. But the spare tyre is 215-55-16. Is this normal? Or do I have a wrong size spare ??

    Also does the 2.2cdi Avantgarde have 2 rear fog lights or 1 ??
    The holder (and therefore bulb) is missing on rear nearside. I am told a car needs only offside rear fog light to be working for MOT. And that most cars are fitted with only 1 rear fog light. It has been suggested that this car may have only had 1 rear fog light - but I am not too sure. Can anyone out there confirm??
    Where can I get hold of a bulb holder (for fog lamp) and what is the correct name for it ??
     
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    100%Bitch Senior Member

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    Well, the tyre circumference is only 6mm difference.
     
  3. Naraic

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    The spare is the standard size for your car...and is equivalent to the 17s.

    One fog light...on the offside.
     
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    Thank you..

    Thank you....

    Seems a bit strange that 235-45-17 and 215-55-16 are "compatible".
    Difference is ONLY 6mm - as per 100% Bitch - But 6mm could be important depending on what is being measured!!! I would prefer to have same circumference for ALL my 4 tyres!!
    1 fog light ----Seems a bit strange to have all the fittings for 2 lights - why not add another bulb and have 2 rear fog lights ????
     
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    Play around with this site:

    http://www.rimsntires.com/specs.jsp

    The difference in diamater is only 2mm....less than the difference if you put new tyres on one end and kept worn tyres at the other. So, for all intents and purposes they are the same. As for the spare...its full size...many many cars nowadays have space savers.

    If anything, the 17s are the ones which will be throwing the speedo out...but by so little it does not matter.


    The idea behind the one foglight is that they are less likely to be confused with brake lights. The reason for having fitments on both sides is ease of manufacture. In left hand drive countries the fog light is on our nearside.
     
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    Do not worry, its only a spare and as such its meant to just get you home. To put your mind at rest think about cars that have space savers. In the case of both my CL55 & BMW850 front and rear tyres are different sizes, so the spare is simply the nearest size I could get that can be used front or rear. Again, if you get into the situation where you need to use it, treat it as limp home mode if you're that worried.
     
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    My spare is also a 215/55-16 because you cannot get the 8J/9J-18 road wheels in there.
    There is a speed limit when using the emergency spare. Also a set of special spacer bolts to be used when fitting it.
     
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    Is it that close? The standard is 7.5inches...would an extra .5 inch make that difference...there seems to be an inch gap in my car.
     
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    Well it definitely won't get the 235/40-18 front in there. The size says it's only 20mm extra but side by side it looks a lot more.
    215 is 8.5-in
    235 is 9.25-15 on an 8J
    265 is 10.5-in on a 9J
    3-off 8J/9Jx18 no tyres fill the tail end of the estate, the alloys are big.

    You need a bit of room for the jack and tools in the well.
     
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