If a car maker chooses to eliminate the spare tire from their vehicles, there are a couple of roads that they can take to compensate in the event your tire requires fixing, or perhaps a replacement. Those two options are run-flat tires and tire kits.
Keep reading to learn about them!
Run-flat tires can support a vehicle’s weight for a short period of time, providing you the driver around one hundred miles of driving distance to get to a mechanic.
One is that riding on them pushes the driver to find a garage almost right away so the tire can be fixed or replaced, offering little room to do anything else.
Tire Inflation Kit
Then, there’s an . , tells us that they come with a specially-designed can of compressed air and a liquid sealer. When your tire is punctured, you connect the can’s inflation hose to the tire’s valve stem and both an internal sealant and compressed air are put into your tire.
There are many different emergency tire inflation kits in the marketplace to choose from, but for the best results, seek out kits that claim to be water soluble, as they are easier for a repair shop to clean up. Also seek out ones that can be registered by the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
You can buy a “spare tire kit” from your dealership or a third-party supplier. The kits is usually composed of a spare tire, a lug wrench and a vehicle jack. You might have to pay anywhere from $150 to $300 for a kit, but just think about the peace-of-mind you will have when driving on all kinds of roads.
In ideal situations, tire inflation kits work out great, especially on your typical tread-based punctures (like from a nail); however, if the tire was damaged on a sidewall, a tire inflation kit may not be useful, particularly if the tire received a “cut” rather than a puncture. Whether the kit is from the dealership or is one you bought separately, look at your storage directions, as some are high pressure and cannot tolerate the high temperatures of a car’s interior during summer months.
But I have a spare tire!
If it turns out you have a spare tire on your car, consider yourself fortunate — most in the future won’t come with one. In fact, according to AAA, dealers sold 36% of 2015 model-year vehicles without a spare tire.
You might think that not including a spare tire on a car is a money-saving method for automakers, but the real reason is to cut down the car’s weight. By taking a full-time spare from a vehicle, automakers may take close to thirty pounds from a vehicle. In today’s mission for high fuel economy, each pound is important!