Reminder; Check the pressure in your spare.

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Reminder; Check the pressure in your spare.

Post by beemerphile1 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:54 am

We ran over something and punctured a tire. Put the temporary spare on and found that it only had 25 PSI. I carry a small compressor but we were only 3/4 miles from home so we just drove on the low tire.

I need to remember to check my spare occasionally but it is a pain because the thing has to be unbolted and removed from the well in order to check.

Just thought I would give a reminder that it needs checked annually if not more often. Don't get caught with an unusable spare.
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Re: Reminder; Check the pressure in your spare.

Post by kaflex » Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:17 am

I have never checked the spare pressure with any cars I had. but like you I usually have a compressor just in case. I might have to have it checked when I get my tires swapped.
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Re: Reminder; Check the pressure in your spare.

Post by ehoff121 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:58 am

beemerphile1 wrote:I need to remember to check my spare occasionally but it is a pain because the thing has to be unbolted and removed from the well in order to check. Don't get caught with an unusable spare.
+1

Also, you can use a little Meguiar's Hot Shine on the spare's sidewalls to prevent dry rot.
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Re: Reminder; Check the pressure in your spare.

Post by vibenvy » Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:44 pm

It is definitely a PITA to remove the spare tire, but it is very important to check the pressure on it on occasion so it's ready if and when you need it.

I try to check ours at least every other month or so. Whenever I check them, they never seem to be more than a couple pounds low.
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Re: Reminder; Check the pressure in your spare.

Post by Water boy » Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:58 pm

I always check at oil change time.

The 4 on the ground seem to never loose pressure but the spare does. :?:
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Re: Reminder; Check the pressure in your spare.

Post by cythraul » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:39 am

I know this pop-ups every now and then but just a reminder to everyone, check your spare pressure. ;)

I just checked mine after four years of ownership and it was down to 22 PSI.. touching wood.
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Re: Reminder; Check the pressure in your spare.

Post by ColonelPanic » Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:44 pm

Thanks for the reminder. The spare in the Vibe has often needed attention, so....

15 PSI! :shock:

The other four stay right where I leave them. Costco nitrogen filled. :lol:
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Re: Reminder; Check the pressure in your spare.

Post by cptnsolo77 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:21 pm

Amen to checking your spare. Last I checked it had a nice chunk missing on the thread...unuseable. Havent looked for a spare yet. Thankfully I have a air compressor & tire plugs :D
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Re: Reminder; Check the pressure in your spare.

Post by cythraul » Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:51 am

cptnsolo77 wrote:Thankfully I have a air compressor & tire plugs :D
I need one too. Mine practically exploded last time I used it. I hate shelling 40$ on a cheap portable compressor when I have my huge compressor in the garage.

Any recommendation on a good portable compressor that will last?
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Re: Reminder; Check the pressure in your spare.

Post by hotbug1776 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:07 am

cythraul wrote:[quote="cptnsolo77"Thankfully I have a air compressor & tire plugs :D
I need one too. Mine practically exploded last time I used it. I hate shelling 40$ on a cheap portable compressor when I had my huge compressor in the garage.

Any recommendation on a good portable compressor that will last?[/quote]
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Re: Reminder; Check the pressure in your spare.

Post by 10vibe » Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:29 pm

Funny. How apropos. When trying to stuff something else in the middle of the spare, under the "cargo tray package" I noticed that a quart of Mobil 1 0w-20 had leaked out and down through the tire and well. A real fun cleanup job. Since I had the spare out, I checked the pressure. 28psi. Interestingly, written in a yellow marker on the side of the tire was a "36". Cold maximum side pressure says 60. It is a Firestone. States 60psi in a couple different places. Wonder what the deal with the yellow "36" is about. Do they only fill it to 36 from factory? I filled it to 60-62 depending on what gauge I use.

On a side note, that Mobil 1 has been there a long, long, time. Never needed to top off. Last oil change, did go over 8000 miles before a change and probably could of put about a half a quart in,......and I guess I actually did, just unintentionally in the wrong place! I did not see any verified performance gains....or losses from adding oil in that unique application, although seat of the pants measurement says she still purrs like a kitten.

Only have about 31,000 miles on it so far, but mileage will be racking up faster in the next few years.
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