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No spare wheel

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Vinny, Jan 21, 2023.

  1. Accuphaseman

    Accuphaseman Now Lux man

    No that’s behind the wheel in some cars.
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  2. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    I don't know, but punctures used to be a regular occurrence. I remember helping my dad with a few as a kid in the 70s and several when I started driving. Some cars were worse than others, I remember my mum had a Skoda Estelle for a b out 3 years, it had more punctures than soft Mick. Always on the rear. I was a student and driving it in the holidays, one day it had 2 punctures, I kid you not. One in the morning, fitted the spare, bought a new tyre, another one, other side, that afternoon. Both were decent brands with reasonable tread but low enough to not be worth repairing, Firestone I remember for some reason was a bit cheaper than most but better than the awful Stomils and so on coming out of Poland, and that's what it used. But that car had 2 or 3 punctures a year.
    These days, as above it's one per 90k miles, which fits with my observation of every 5-10 years and 15k miles a year.
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  3. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    anyone recommend an accurate tyre pressure gauge?

    my tyre blower has one but it is woefully inaccurate compared to the car measurements, but the car cannot dial cannot be seen whilst pumping the tyres up....
  4. Jamie

    Jamie pfm Member

  5. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

  6. Jamie

    Jamie pfm Member

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  7. Ponty

    Ponty pfm Member

    I use one of these. The pressure gauge matches the readings on the car, unless they are both inaccurate to the same degree of course!
  8. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    I don't want another tyre inflater. I have two one with a gauge and the pork one without
  9. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

    The advice that I had years ago was to use the same gauge each time. Whether ultra accurate or not, at least that way it is more consistent.
  10. Ellenor

    Ellenor pfm Member

    The state of the roads these days I’d not want to be without a spare wheel. So many people suffering from potholes around here lately.
  11. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    I believe the car gauge - and the tyre pressure warning system. But I cannot see it whilst I put air in the tyre
  12. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    My Fabia estate didn't have a spare wheel when I got it in Sept. '09. I complained, as I'd expected one, and had to buy one ( metal rimmed) c/w Michelin for £40 . Still got it, unused; prob. useless now.
  13. Ponty

    Ponty pfm Member

    Buy a Ring pressure gauge in that case, their stuff works IME.
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  14. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    I don’t get it either, I’ve had cars with run-flats and I detest them.

    I recently went (used) car shopping for an economical daily driver and a spare wheel was one of the requirements, I do a lot of miles and have had two sudden tyre failures in 18 months, not fixable with a can of tyre weld. I ended up with a Volvo C30 D5, the spare wheel does eat a lot of boot space but I’d rather have it there.

    PS, a lady police officer changed one of my tyres for me, I’m disabled and was stranded on a sketchy bit of road… there’s no reason why a man would be any more competent, with the possible exception of body weight to put on a wheel-brace when loosening a stubborn wheel nut.
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  15. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    sounds like a plan
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  16. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Yep, one of my incidents was a pothole on the A14 near Market Harborough, I managed to limp off at the next junction but the tyre was literally shredded, I think being a fat bloke in the driver’s seat saved the day (it was the nearside rear tyre that failed and although it was twitchy, it was controllable at low speed).
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  17. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    Does the car that came without a spare even have a place to put one?

    My car came without a spare, but it's a top model in a range of econo-hatch cars, and the lowest model still has a spare. So I was able to buy the kit of parts to install a full factory spare, with a place to put the jack and tools, in a space where there had previously only been a subwoofer:

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  18. mikeyb

    mikeyb pfm Member

    You're lucky we've had 11 punctures in the last 2 years :oops:

    Workmen leaving screws lying around when carrying out work and brats lobbing them onto the road around here account for them.
  19. Sonority

    Sonority pfm Member

    No spare, and no room for one, so have three types of 'ready repair' just in case, plus an inflator.
    It thats a non starter, it's time to call up a flat bed.
    Utterly detest run flats, and as they are all but non repairable (especially if driven on while flat) it's a decision I have taken.
    I understand not everyone would.
    The chances of finding a 275/35/19 on a sunday night anywhere around where you have a flat, standard or run flat are precisely zero.
  20. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

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