PianoAl
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Spare Tire Solution?

I want to have a better flat-tire solution than the tire gunk sealant system that comes with my car.

Anyone have a good solution? I'd be willing to have a compact spare tire in the back all the time. I understand they won't work on the front wheels, but I could move the tires around in case of a flat in the front.

Thanks.
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LeftieBiker
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Re: Spare Tire Solution?

There are several topic on this already. The good news is that you can carry a donut spare that will fit all the wheels.
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Re: Spare Tire Solution?

I bought a tire plug kit.
Slime 1034-A T-Handle Tire Plug Kit
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I actually used it on my minivan when I ran over a screw. You should get a proper patch done afterwards, but these things actually work very well by themselves for puncture wounds in the tread. Since the Leaf comes with a small portable compressor, this is a pretty good solution if you don't want to carry a full spare.

I also bought a scissor jack to keep in the car.
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Re: Spare Tire Solution?

http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... re#p332781

EDIT: damned site search, and those highlights!
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PianoAl
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Re: Spare Tire Solution?

Thanks. Here it is without the highlights:

http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... 7&p=332781

Looking on eBay, I see donut tires for 2016 Leafs for $200. For 2011-2015 they cost $89, and Altima spares cost $47.

Will some of these only work on the rear?
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Bob
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Re: Spare Tire Solution?

I had the same concern. I found a person selling a set of four used 16" wheels and used tires and bought them. Now I have extra. It is a full-size tire on a normal Nissan rim and fits my Leaf perfectly, front and back. I am in New Hampshire. Please contact me by private message if you are interested in one of these.

Bob
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Re: Spare Tire Solution?

I have a full size wheel (16 inch with Ecopia) and tire that I keep in my workshop garage. I carry two different tubeless tire repair kits (one with long string plugs and one with round mushroom-shaped plugs and insertion tool). The mushroom plugs make a permanent repair of a nail hole in the tread area and several string plugs can be used together with lots of glue to make a very temporary repair of a cut in the sidewall or tread area. The compressor that comes with the car works well by itself, but I will never use the sealer bottle that comes with it. If I cannot plug a flat, I will call Nissan Roadside Service and have them tow the car to my workshop garage. After the three-year free roadside service expires, I will start carrying a donut spare and jack.

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Re: Spare Tire Solution?

Got a newish donut spare from a local junk yard ("We call that a bagel spare" says the guy who sells 'kosher' used parts) for $50 taken off a Nissan Altima with the proper rim specs - 16x4, 66.1 mm hole, 5 bolts at 114.3 mm ("We call that 4.5 inches"). The guy jacked up my Leaf and demonstrated that the donut spare cleared the larger brake calipers of the front wheels. A perfect fit.

I keep it in my basement. The donut has the benefit that my DW can easily lift it if she's the person who brings it to where I sit with a flat. The small scissors jack from my deceased 1997 Toyota Camry fits perfectly in the Leaf's conspicuously empty space for a jack. I also carry the Slime tire patch kit as a first defense.

My notion is that my Leaf is our second car for local use. I can use Uber or a taxi to get home to get the donut if need be. (My 2012 is too old for the three year FREE Nissan road side assistance.)

Thanks to all the posters who've convinced me to never use the sealant provided by Nissan since it'll take out a $180 Tire Pressure Monitoring System and the hose of the neat 12 volt air pump ($200 with new sealant). FWIW, the jar of sealant in my 2012 Leaf has an expiration date of 11/2016. I see no threads of folks rushing out to replace their expired sealant, LOL.

Edit: Corrected cut-and-paste typo to Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor
Last edited by BostonLance on Fri Jul 01, 2016 3:39 am, edited 2 times in total.
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garsh
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Re: Spare Tire Solution?

BostonLance wrote:...since it'll take out a $180 Temperature Monitoring System Sensor...
FYI, TPMS = Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
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Darryl
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Re: Spare Tire Solution?

I found a new Alloy Nissan Altima Spare on Ebay for $75. It is very lightweight considering the small size and alloy wheel. I bought it specifically for my wife to be sure she can handle it easily in case of a flat. Plus it has the benefit of not rusting. I also told her, "If we buy a spare and carry it with us, we will never have a flat. If we don't have one Murphy will make sure we have several." :D So far this has been true.

It looks like this one one Ebay and I had it checked out to be sure it will work front and back without a problem. http://www.ebay.com/itm/WHEEL-2009-NISS ... 2075756866
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