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 Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Thursday, July 24, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2002 Ford Taurus SE Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: San Antonio, TX
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 23, 2014

My wife and daughter believed I put shocks on their car because of the varying texture consistency of the ride! Highly recommended to any who rides on highways for extended periods. Fuel economy was enhanced by two miles per gallon. Go for the purchase and save valuable time by going to purchase this product.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2003 Lexus ES300
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: La Crosse, WI
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 11, 2014

This is the 3rd set of tires on this car and they are by far the smoothest, quietest and best handling. The original Michelin tires were ok so I purchased a set of Goodyear Asssurance Touring. The Goodyear tires were ok to begin but the last 20,000 miles were extremely loud and the ride was very rough. I was begining to think about getting rid of the car after riding in newer quieter cars but I decided that a new set of tires may change my mind. After driving the first mile with this set on, I love how the car rides and handles. It is as if I am driving a new car again. I am very happy with these so far.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.55
 
 

2004 GMC Sierra C1500 Reg Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Upper Saint Clair, PA
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
June 21, 2014

I have less than 20k on these. Read other reviews and bought them. Tread depth is 5/32 to 7/32. Sidewalls are cracking, tread area is cracking. Looks like dry rot is starting. Alot of expectations for a good purchase down the drain. Tires should be recalled. 2411 date of manufacture meaning 24th week of 2011. They are on a 2wd GMC Sierra, I haul bicycles, car parts and mulch a couple times per year, normally drive truck to work.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2007 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4cyl
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
July 07, 2014

Purchased these tires approximately 2 weeks ago. Had them installed to replace BF Goodrich tires. I have had Michelen/BF/Goodyear on this car. WOW. I can say I made the right choice. The ride is smoother and road noise is 100% gone%. Steering is very responsive. I had no idea what I had became a custom too. Handling in high speed curves is also awesome. The Accord feels better than new & handles perfectly. To make this even a better story. My gas mileage has improved by 2 MPG. That is with full AC on daily..

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2001 BMW 525i
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
July 07, 2014

Just purchased these Potenza RE760 Sport tires and had was excited after reading reviews on here about the performance and the ride quality. Being a tire aficionado I was chomping at the bit to get a good run in with these tires. Now that I got to drive these I must say they do not disappoint at all. First run was down the highway with road noise and ride quality significantly better than the BF Goodrich G-force's. It just so happened to be absolutely pouring later on and the road was holding water. Got a top speed of 95 mph and never felt so confident in my 2001 BMW 525i. I had to get a good run in on the most twisty road I know with the slickness from the rain and found traction so good it felt like the car was on rails. With no mileage warranty and some spirited driving it'll be interesting to see how they hold up over miles but I must say that this tire can make your car feel like a new one with a big jump in tire manufacturer, Bridestone versus Goodrich.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.67
 
 

2000 Lexus SC300
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Lincoln Heights, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
July 06, 2014

Came on a Lexus sc300 I purchased , great handling tire , lots of traction , car felt like it was on rails when I would go into a turn. Definitely will buy these tires in the future

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2004 BMW 325Ci Cabriolet
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Miles driven on tires: 300
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
July 07, 2014

So far 300 miles on tires. Very quiet, and ride is MUCH better than my Westlake tires on my car when purchased. Will have another review , once I can drive this rear wheel drive car in snow. At posted or above speed limit, smooth ride. Very happy right now.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2003 Audi A8L
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: West Seneca, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
June 26, 2014

Well, I finally stepped up to the plate and and purchased the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. Summer in WNY, so I cannot attest to the performance in the snow as yet. I usually switch to the Blizzacks once late Dec & Jan arrive. The Audi, with the Blizzacks is actually better than my LTZ Suburban (all-wheel drive)in the snow. I have to say, after reading all the comments (positive & negative), that I am SO please with them that I needed to write one of these comment things. They are so quite; the car rides so smooth and handles effortlessly; and there has been "zero" dip in gas mileage. In fact a shade better. I did run GY/Assurance tires on this previously. I really thought they were a good tire, and they were. Not necessarily a cheap tire either, but handled really good overall. I even have them on "the bride's" car. But, from the minute I put these Pirelli's on, all I can say is, "WoW". "It's a joy to open the car door knowing I have to take a drive". My driving range is mixed city/highway, with trips across the state and into the cities I travel. My Driving Habits for the most part are normal. However I do get a little spirited at times. I have my own cadence, and do enjoy downshifting through curves just because I can (not that I need to all the time). It just makes driving fun. The tires, playing an important roll in this experience are critical. Besides the comfort and quiet that I have gotten out of these tires, they perform extremely well. Cruising, Breaking, Gripping in Curves, Overall-performance,they are the best I have had at this point in my career. I am very pleased and wanted to share that with you. I will come back and enter my opinion when the snow flies. We all know "ice is ice" and unless you're in a tank doing 20 MPH, nothing else will stop you.I would highly recommend these tires to anyone, not that any one tire performs the same way on all cars. Safe Drive to all! No Texting; Pull over and rest if you're tired!