Good reason for carrying a spare

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Post by kwikphix328 Wed Aug 11, 2021 12:41 pm

Instead of a pot of puncture repair gloop and feeble mini air pump...

Hit a Stone/Brick/Kerb/Pothole ?  on Sunday night at moderate speed ( prob about <30mph under emergency braking too Smile )

Back on the road at full speed within about 30 mins. However £120 for a new tyre & small damage to my alloy wheel, ( this will eventually be my spare now)

Driving back down the M1 & A1 last night I felt the steering was off to the left so £36 for 4 wheel laser alignment check and required adjustment this morning.

I had my tyres set at the eco setting of 41psi on the front, which might have reduced the damage to the alloy, rather than 33psi in comfort mode.

It has given me a reason to swap out the OEM Conti's for my own choice of Tyre.
I have gone for Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance 2. I have them fitted my my MX5 and think they are great tyres, feel confident in the wet, good reviews and quiet !


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Post by imack Wed Aug 11, 2021 1:35 pm

Can't beat having a proper spare or even a space saver will get you out of immediate trouble, the gunk is horrible stuff and useless in your situation.
I'm surprised no one has bought forum member tigersaw's space saver kit yet, it looks good value, and I see Karl's got a couple of nice 16" alloys for sale too.


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Post by TWSaab Wed Aug 11, 2021 7:35 pm

First thing I do when getting a car with a pot of goo is to get a spare wheel. The goo is absolutely useless in most circumstances. A nail/screw in a tyre will not normally cause a flat but a split cannot be repaired with goo, and it often renders the tyre unusable.
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Post by imack Wed Aug 11, 2021 7:51 pm

Suzuki also say that the tpms sensor should be replaced if sealant has been used.
Starts to make a potentially inexpensive straight forward puncture repair seem extremely expensive if you need a new tyre, tpms sensor and a replacement bottle of sealant.
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Post by SZ-T RUGGED Wed Aug 11, 2021 8:52 pm

I get RAC recovery free with my insurance i wouldn't risk my life trying to change a wheel or use the goo kit at the side of a busy road -





Stay on the road with the RAC Universal Spare Wheel

We rolled out the RAC universal spare wheel to all patrol vans in 2014 in response to the number of new cars being sold without a spare wheel.

To date they have been used more than one million times to help get our members back on the road and avoid the need for recovery.

In 2018 our patrols dealt with almost 200,000 ‘puncture no spare’ breakdowns – an increase of 84% on 2012.

Once fitted, the member can complete their journey or drive to a local approved tyre specialist to get a repair or replacement. Then the member simply leaves the universal spare wheel at the tyre specialist for us to collect later.

Increasingly, cars are being sold without a spare wheel included as standard, often to the disbelief of motorists who go to look for it when their car suffers a puncture or flat tyre.

By using a Universal Spare Wheel, something all our patrols carry, our members with Breakdown Cover are protected from getting caught out.

https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/rac-news/how-the-rac-universal-spare-wheel-fixes-no-spare-breakdowns/


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Post by imack Wed Aug 11, 2021 9:12 pm

The only one of those RAC emergency spare wheels I've dealt with had a massive steel adapter plate bolted to the back of it.
It weighed an absolute ton, but I guess it's a convenient solution to both recovery services and thier members.
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Post by Dougie M Thu Aug 12, 2021 8:34 am

I've always bought a car with a spare wheel and regard the spare as insurance and can't understand why anyone would think the repair kit would sort it. A few years back I was calling into a Suzuki dealer in Carlisle and passed a sad looking Mercedes driver on the hard shoulder of the M6 with a shredded rear tyre and no doubt he was wondering how to sort that without a spare. I just regard the spare as better to have it and not need it rather than need it and not have it.

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Post by birch Thu Aug 12, 2021 7:03 pm

Totally agree....first thing I did when I got my vitara was to get a full size spare and one week later had a puncture which the  repair kit would have no chance of sealing..

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Post by jonvit Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:33 pm

I got a spacesaver wheel from a Amazon supplied by the Wheelshop.Cost was decent and fits perfectly.It is only for emergency use but it will give you peace of mind ,should you get a puncture

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