Always carry a spare tire that is at least as adequate as the four bolted on.
Most cars come standard with a spare tire that has the range and capacity of an American Idol reject. Too many times, I have seen people take these things too far, and drive down the freeway at 80 mph. If you see this, stay away. You’re looking at someone who will soon suffer consequences. RTFM. That can lid with the rubber-band around it, is good for 50 miles at 50 miles per hour in most cases. On some cars, driving farther or faster than this can cause mechanical failure. I have a customer right now who is suing a tire store for thousands of dollars in new drive-train parts, because they put a smaller than stock tire on an AWD system.
If you have room, you should carry an actual tire on a steel rim as a spare. You should check this tire frequently for air, and change it every so often. (You shouldn’t use a tire more than 6 years old as a spare). It should be the same type and size as the other tires on your car. This way, replacing that spare isn’t an emergency, you can wait a while, get where your going and back, and wait till your next Christmas bonus to replace it.
You should also know how to change this tire. Not just the mechanical aspect, but the safety. Your rim is cheaper than your life. If you get a flat on the freeway, drive it OFF the road. No one wants to hose you off the blacktop.
Posted on November 29th, 2009 by admin
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