Spare Tires

March 16, 2009

Our Tip of The Week concerns your spare tire. You know that saying "out of sight out of mind"? Well, that really applies to your spare tire and this car is a perfect example. When we lifted up the parcel shelf in the back, we found about 5 inches of rusty rainwater in the spare tire well. The spare tire survived being submerged but the jack that was underneath the tire was completely seized. If it were required for roadside installation of the spare tire, it would have been useless. So I strongly suggest that at least once a year you do a dry run in your driveway. Get out the owner's manual, solidly apply the emergency brake, make sure the vehicle is as level as it can be and do the tire installation procedure and familiarize yourself with everything that is required so that you can do it quickly and efficiently if you have to do it on the road. You don't want to waste any time because you are somewhat vulnerable.

Also you'll run into all kinds of problems when you do the dry run with many cars. You'll find out that the hex size of the wheel nuts may have been changed over the years and the wrench that's fitted with the vehicle won't always fit. A four-way wheel wrench with four different sizes will always remedy that problem. You'll find things like this seized jack; maybe the tire is under inflated or flat. If it's a full size spare it will carry the same inflation pressure as the rest of the four tires on the car, usually 30 to 35 PSI. But if it's space saver, one of those skinny tires, it calls for 60 PSI. You need that 60 PSI to carry the weight of the car. Make sure you check that pressure at least once a year or before you embark on a long road trip.

That's your Tip of the Week.

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