Can you spare a tire?

“WHAT DO YOU MEAN MY CAR DOESN’T COME WITH A SPARE!?!?!”  Crazy as it may sound, it’s true.  A lot of vehicles come off the assembly line without an emergency spare.  Don’t worry though, your car likely has an emergency air compressor with stop leak.  So if you run over a nail in the road and a slow leak starts that should help you get to a dealership and get it repaired.  But, that won’t help you when it comes to a complete blowout in the middle of nowhere.  Sure you may have OnStar but what if you are in a situation where that satellite signal isn’t strong enough to reach you?  Because you’re also in the mountains that phone in your hand isn’t doing you a lot of good either.  Lock the doors and hope you brought a bottle of water with you because now you have to walk, and if that’s the case, I hope for your sake it’s a balmy 70 degrees outside and just enough cloud cover to keep you comfortable on your march to a service station or good phone signal.

Now that I have set up the scenario, let us discuss the reason you’re in this situation.  The reason is simple.  The government mandates all passenger cars reach a certain mile per gallon and weight reduction is one way to do that.  Now sure taking out the spare, the jack, and the lug wrench probably won’t save you enough m.p.g. to make a difference.  But, you take that out with a combination of weight reduction processes like lighter alloys and light weight material replacing various items throughout the vehicle that adds up to the lucky number of pounds they are looking to discard.

There is good news, though.  Most dealers stock spare tire kits for your make and model.  If they don’t stock it, rest assured they can likely order it.  Just keep in mind, they usually aren’t cheap and the tire may not be mounted or inflated.  You will definitely need the dealer to mount and inflate the tire before you leave.  Also, something to think about when you make your next vehicle purchase, it might be a wise decision to look into adding the emergency spare then.  What cost you an extra few dollars in the short term could save you a lot of stress in the long term.

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