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Re: Add a spare tire!

Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:50 am

And today, years after this thread began, even more vehicles come without spare tires. Early into my LEAF ownership I too was concerned about not having a spare so I bought one...full tire and wheel same as one of the car wheels and tire. I thought this to be a better solution than the slime can. At any rate, haven’t used the spare, the slime, or anything else, knock on wood.

One other data point about spares: my 2018 Model 3 came with no spare, no compressor, no compressed air can, no slime, no jack, no lug wrench, and no apologies. Model 3 forum members suggest carrying a plug kit, needle nose pliers, flathead screwdriver, and gloves, given that for a quick repair the tire does not need to be removed from the vehicle so no jack needed. That may be the best solution for a LEAF as well if you don’t have the spare and jack.

As to spares...I see a trend here. Spares? Dodo birds? Dinosaurs? Coincidence?
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Re: Add a spare tire!

Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:49 pm

One other data point about spares: my 2018 Model 3 came with no spare, no compressor, no compressed air can, no slime, no jack, no lug wrench, and no apologies. Model 3 forum members suggest carrying a plug kit, needle nose pliers, flathead screwdriver, and gloves, given that for a quick repair the tire does not need to be removed from the vehicle so no jack needed. That may be the best solution for a LEAF as well if you don’t have the spare and jack.
The above kit likely won't be a lot of help without a portable compressor.
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Re: Add a spare tire!

Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:55 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:
One other data point about spares: my 2018 Model 3 came with no spare, no compressor, no compressed air can, no slime, no jack, no lug wrench, and no apologies. Model 3 forum members suggest carrying a plug kit, needle nose pliers, flathead screwdriver, and gloves, given that for a quick repair the tire does not need to be removed from the vehicle so no jack needed. That may be the best solution for a LEAF as well if you don’t have the spare and jack.
The above kit likely won't be a lot of help without a portable compressor.
Good catch, thanks. Agree for sure.
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Re: Add a spare tire!

Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:50 pm

SalisburySam wrote:
LeftieBiker wrote:
One other data point about spares: my 2018 Model 3 came with no spare, no compressor, no compressed air can, no slime, no jack, no lug wrench, and no apologies. Model 3 forum members suggest carrying a plug kit, needle nose pliers, flathead screwdriver, and gloves, given that for a quick repair the tire does not need to be removed from the vehicle so no jack needed. That may be the best solution for a LEAF as well if you don’t have the spare and jack.
The above kit likely won't be a lot of help without a portable compressor.
Good catch, thanks. Agree for sure.

Also won't be a help if you get a sidewall tear. :D
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Re: Add a spare tire!

Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:17 pm

Also won't be a help if you get a sidewall tear. :D
And having a spare and jack won't help if you get two or three flats at once. ;-) We prepare for what can easily be handled, not for worst case scenarios.
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Re: Add a spare tire!

Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:16 am

I'm going to take leaf to the junk yard tomorrow along with a hydraulic jack, some wood, jack stands and get a full size spare or 2.
I always keep a tire iron handy incase I encounter a loose nut that need to be torqued.

In the gasser car we usually take the factory doughnut kit and a full size spare on long trips.
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Re: Add a spare tire!

Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:26 am

While you're there, look at the Altima donut spare referenced earlier in this topic. It's larger than you'd expect - I'd call it 3/4 size, not tiny like they usually are. If you were near me I'd sell you mine cheap.
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Re: Add a spare tire!

Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:34 pm

I'm about to go there now.
So an altama spare?
Last time I was there there were several altamas, all made with in the last 10 to 12 years.

The junk yard will practically give me a doughnut spare.
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Re: Add a spare tire!

Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:51 pm

This appears to be the spec: size 135-90-16 (Nissan Altima year 2000 and up.
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Re: Add a spare tire!

Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:04 pm

Well most of the nissan cars at the junkyard that were there last time are gone.
All I was able to get was one ruined spare.
The tire was starting to tread seperate so it was $2.
I bought a new 135/70R16 spare tire off ebay for $72.
The tire shop wanted $180 plus tax for that tire.
One of the concerns I had with getting a used spare tire was what kind of abuse it may have endured and it's age. Getting a junk spare wheel and putting a new tire on it works for me.
Such as, its supposed to have 60psi in it but no one put air in it since it left the factory so it has 20psi in it when it gets put on the hub and driven on.
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