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Does your vehicle have a Spare Tire?

In the event that your vehicle does have a spare assembly, whether it be full size or a compact, do you know the condition?

Like other tires, a spare tire can be impacted from exposure to UV, from heat, and other conditions. To avoid having spare tire troubles, check out our write-up linked below and if you're in need of a replacement spare or an entire spare assembly, shoot us a PM and we'll make sure you're taken care of!



 

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When I purchased our Certified Pre-Owned 2014 SFS I expected the dealer to make sure the spare was in good order and properly inflated. The dealer mentioned "detailing" several times during the course of the transaction and the vehicle was delayed overnight for this "detailing". I left the wife behind to stay overnight and drive the SFS home, a distance of 361km.

When she got it home, I did my own detailing which included removing the under-mounted spare and checking the pressure. There was 4 years of dirt accumulation on it and the pressure was low. Good thing she did not have a need for the spare.

That reminds me... it is time to check it again. I should combine it with giving the wife a practice lesson on changing a flat. Better she learn to do it than wait for Bubba the good Samaritan to stop to help.
 

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Thank you for sharing, LLigetfa - I'm glad to hear you checked the spare and I agree that it's a good idea to teach those not familiar with changing a flat how to do so.

A flat tire can strike anywhere and in some instances in very unsafe situations like the highway/freeway. This reminds me of one of my co-workers who had a flat tire on a busy Arizona freeway. She had to pull off into the gore lane and wait for her brother to come change her tire.
 

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I agree that it's a good idea to teach those not familiar with changing a flat how to do so...
Some places are not safe to change a tire and calling an auto service is the better option.

In these parts, the MTO has decided that shoulders on roads are not needed and there are very few places one can safely pull over to change a tire. If only I could convince the wife to never leave home without her cellphone...

I think run-flat tire technology is a good option. With a trend to lower profile tires, they are easier to incorporate. Not only does it provide high speed stability, but it also affords the time to drive it to a safe location.
 

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Some places are not safe to change a tire and calling an auto service is the better option.

In these parts, the MTO has decided that shoulders on roads are not needed and there are very few places one can safely pull over to change a tire. If only I could convince the wife to never leave home without her cellphone...

I think run-flat tire technology is a good option. With a trend to lower profile tires, they are easier to incorporate. Not only does it provide high speed stability, but it also affords the time to drive it to a safe location.
Very true about the auto service; safety should always take precedence!

Run-flat tires can definitely be helpful depending on the damage sustained to the tire and run-flat technology has come a long way from inception! They are a lot more comfortable and don't penalize you as munch with weight as in the past.
 

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I cleaned out the trunk on my Gen Coupe and notice the tire had a separation and deformity in the tread. Kumho T135/80R18. It has never been mounted on a hub. Nobody has them in stock!
From your pictures that tire looks separated and needs replaced.

I checked with Kumho and as you've found the this tire is on back order. Continental offers a model in the 135/80R-18 size as well, but it too is on back order!

You may want to check in with your local dealership to see what they can do for you.
 
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