Why Doesn't My Car Come with a Spare Tire?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Is the spare tire becoming extinct? With a growing number of vehicles in the United States being sold without one, it could appear that way. In fact, many drivers are unaware they may not have one until they need one.

New cars, trucks and SUVs seldom come with a spare tire, wheel and jack kit due to an increasing demand for fuel economy and storage space. While all of these attributes are positives, they may not be at the forefront of your mind as you lay stranded on the side of the road. Despite not having a spare tire, there are ways to make sure you are prepared.

Many automakers include roadside assistance with the purchase of their vehicles. It's a good idea to program this number into your phone or be sure to keep a copy of the vehicle's reference guide handy (a smaller version of the owner's manual).

Drivers can fix punctures from small nails or screws using a tire inflation kit. We sell the Continental ContiComfortKit that injects a water-soluble sealant into the tire along with compressed air to re-inflate. This unit is simple to use and operates with the vehicle's 12V accessory power source.

The kit makes it possible for you to complete your drive home, to work, an important appointment or a tire repair facility. It also helps you get back on the road quickly, as most passenger car tires that are flat will take less than seven minutes to fill.

Purchase your own spare tire and wheel combo. Dealers often sell donut spare wheels and tires through the parts department. In the event they do not, you can purchase a full size wheel and tire to keep in the trunk. Please note that full size wheels and tires may not fit into the trunk storage compartment beneath the trunk carpeting. You'll also need to make sure you have a jack and lug wrench handy.

To learn more about the spare tires, read "Spare Tire Extinction?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.80
 
 

1998 Honda Accord Sedan LX V6
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Bothell, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
June 19, 2014

Got these tires 225/50R17 for '98 Accord V6 LX sedan (291K miles) on an exchange as recommendation . The Primacy MXV4 had a left radial pull and needed front axle balancing about once a week. After Dealer did aligned the vehicle 8 times and balanced the tires 11 times, replaced every worn out front-end suspension part. I have tried every major tire on this car, pulls to the left, unable to maintain balance, noisy or worn out too quickly, I was ready to give up. I later learned this last set of tires were defective.
I highly recommend these tire for most Asian imports. With less than 100 miles mostly freeway, the care doesn't pull left. Tires are very quiet. Have not had rain or snow to evaluate handling during wet driving. Dry roads the vehicle handles great, like new again. Base on the mileage, ride comfort and handling, I give these tires a 9.5 score.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location:

San Diego, CA

Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 23, 2014

I am a licensed mechanic and car dealer for over 25 years and now an RV dealer and am very impressed with this tire. My 2012 Camry Hybrid XLE came with Bridgestones and barely got 31000 miles before wear bars showed. I researched all tires available with low rolling resistance and the Yokohama was rated 1st above all the others and ended up being the lease expensive since Toyota offered buy 3 and get one free special. Upon driving out of the dealership these tires transformed my Toyota into a Lexus with fantasic ride comfort, handling and ZERO noise factor compared to the Bridgestones!
I thought my 2 year old car was better than brand new.
I would caution that if you review the compounds of these tires the snow and ice things would not be ideal. I also think some of the negative comments I read were a result of not looking at the best tires for your car and your driving conditions.
Other than these subjective issues...IF you want the best tire at the best price and value....THIS IS THE ONE!
Sincerely
MLS

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2008 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Elgin, SC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

Picked this tire to replace the OE Michelin tires which had started to culp at 30,000 miles .. dealer and independent shop both said nothing they could do ... I had rotated at 5,000 miles faithfully. This tire is quieter, rides better and is excellent in the rain. This is my wife's car and I keep it in tip-top condition. Ready to put the same tire on my 2006 RSX-Type S!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-XReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2008 Mazda CX-9
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Highland Village, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
July 16, 2011

I love these tires on the CX-9! They are the smoothest running tire I have ever owned on any car. They improve the luxurious feel of the car and are much better than the stock HL400's. The only area they could be better in is steering crispness. I remember driving the car off the dealer lot new and was amazed how it turned into corners like on rails. But those stock tires were only good for about 15000 miles then became horribly slippery in the wet and began to wear extremely quickly, not to mention the steering became very heavy at this time. I used a tread grooving iron to modify/regroove some of the 1/2 shallow sipes & channels and that improved the hydroplaning some but the rubber had already lost its adhesive qualities and wet driving was a very dangerous practice. Since my wife & kids use this vehicle most of the time I was forced to get a new set ASAP.

The Spec-X's are a wonderful tire - not a high performance tire but it has good looks and very good performance along with the best ride in the world.

I just hope that they give me at least 1/2 the 60K milage they are warrented for without turning to crap after the 1st year and I will be happy. I've owned 2 other sets of Yok's on other vehicles and have always been happy. They had a tendency to wear quicker than I would like but I'd wrather have good handling/traction vs a tire that lasts a long time but is deadly in weather!

You will not be disappointed in the Spec-X's on your CX-9.

I will try to remember to update as I add miles to the car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2008 Ford Fusion
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Miles driven on tires: 24,512
Location: Zimmerman, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 24,512 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2013

I put these on my car last January to replace a set of factory defective Conti's. Did so based on the reviews and that they were only like $93/ea. I noticed right away my car handled better, and the shake was gone (bad Conti's). I didn't notice any difference in noise or fuel economy. Cornering was a little better. I rated the tires on all level at an 8-9 minus winter conditions. Last winter seemed ok, better than the COnti's but after putting some use on tires now they are not a very good winter tire, they provide limited stopping and accelerating traction, and less than average side to side stability. The other half of the year is awesome though, great traction on dry and wet, never had an issue with hydroplaning.

As far as treadwear, the dealer marked one tire at 8/32, 2 of them at 7 and one at 6. if accurate on the 6/32, I would expect about 42k of usable life, if accurate on the 7/32 I would expect 57k, on a 55k tire for a spirited driver, I would say acceptable.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2014 Mini John Cooper Works
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Centennial, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2014

I have owned two sets of these Pirelli's. The first was on a company Subaru Outback. I was so impressed I ordered a set for my 2014 JCW Coupe. I took delivery of my car just before Christmas 2013 so I had them put on immediately before picking up the car from the dealer. We get a lot of snow and a lot of snow types from 7-11 slushy to deep packed here in Colorado, not to mention ice.

The reason you get these is because you want some performance capabilities along with good snow traction. I drive through mountains, prairie and just took a trip to Vegas on dry warm road. I left them on because I could still hit snow in the UT and CO mountains. We have had a lot of snow this year up until about March so these tires have really had a good trial in lots of snow and in warm weather in Vegas and NM.

The snow traction is amazing. I have Michellin Xice on my company Malibu, Blizzaks on my Mini Clubman S and these Pirelli's on the JCW. I have driven all in sequence in several types of snow and ice. All are good tires but these Pirelli's are my favorite. They handle extremely well in the snow. I went in a snow covered parking lot doing donuts with and without traction control. It was really difficult to break traction. On the highway and on some icy areas they are fantastic. No snow tires make you impervious but I believe these are the best short of studded. The main reason I like them is because of the terrific dry and even warm weather traction. They are superb. I will not autocross in them but in a normal sedan or SUV I would consider running them all year. They do not seem to wear excessively and cold, warm, wet, snowy or icy they are terrific. There are no deficiencies. For a snow tire I would actually give them a 10 in dry but I think that is for summer tires. I think for price and all around performance in a climate like I have, -25 in winter and temps can change 50 degrees in one day and different altitudes...this is a fantastic tire. You won't go wrong with these.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.92
 
 

2009 Lexus GX470
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Groveland, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

Car came with Dunlop tires. I cannot believe Lexus put those tires on this car. I got rid of them at 25K. I have a 2000 LX 470 and have always been happy with the LTX M/S. These tires are even better. There is nothing bad about this tire. Bought at Tire Rack. Had dealer mount 'em. Better everything: handling, ride, traction and even gas mileage. I hunt, so in addition to city/highway, I do cornfields, creeks and every other type of off-road driving that can be found in the Midwest. The only thing that keeps me from buying a Range Rover Sport is that I cannot find these tires for that truck. I still have my LX 470 and still use the LTX M/S on that truck (it has 287K). I'm not necessarily a Michelin freak. My wife has a Lexus RX and I'm putting Continentals on that. But for the larger SUVs, the LTX M/S is fantastic tire. I like the M/S 2 better than the M/S, but they don't make it for the '00 LX470. When my friends are stuck in their Range Rovers, I'm going strong, mainly because of the traction these tires afford. On the highway, rain, snow, and sun, the tires handle well and are quiet. I'm 63 and have driven a car/truck farther in reverse than most have driven in forward. These tires are simply the best. If they make 'em to fit your vehicle, buy them. You will thank me. I promise. And I don't work for Michelin or anybody else in any auto related industry.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.67
 
 

2014 Audi SQ5
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Miles driven on tires: 1,800
Location: Phoenixville, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,800 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2014

i have an audi sq5, which i purchased in DEC 2013. the car comes with summer rubber so i had to get those off the car asap. i shopped around on tirerack for the michelin's that the dealer recommended, and after i was done laughing at the price, i did a generic search for all tires that would fit the sq5. i came across these Generals and having no experience with General tires, i took a leap of faith based on the reviews here. i couldn't be more happy with an all-season tire. these are great in snow, make very little noise, and are an excellent all around tire. not too much roll, i'd say better than average. i give these my highest recommendation as an all-season.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXV4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.6
 
 

2010 Toyota Prius
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Bristol, CT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2014

10k miles and all 4 tires cracked in the tread, Michelin didn't want to cover the replacement of these tires, my dealer wouldn't let me leave the lot with these tires and took it on themselves to put new tires on the car, that was the last Michelin I will ever own