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View Poll Results: Remove spare tire & jack? What equipment should be on board? Check all that apply.
Keep spare & jack 14 87.50%
Remove spare & jack 2 12.50%
Use run-flat tires 2 12.50%
Keep a 12v air compressor in the car 9 56.25%
Keep a can of Fix-A-Flat in the car 6 37.50%
Keep a tire plug kit in the car 9 56.25%
Call roadside assistance (AAA, etc.) 6 37.50%
Call friend or family member 4 25.00%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 16. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-09-2009, 11:44 AM   #31
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Yeah, I'd never be able to convince my wife to bring me the jack and spare. A certain other type of jacking, maybe...
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:10 PM   #32
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I was looking at a new Cadillac parked in front of Costco a couple weeks ago. According to the window sticker, in lieu of a spare tire and jack, they gave what amounted to a can of fix-a-flat. Left me scratching my head a bit...
Yeah, that's getting pretty common. I think they got the idea from the success of cars with run-flat tires and no spare, like the Corvette (which started about 10 years ago IIRC). The new Camaro has the space for a spare but the spare itself is optional, else you just get the kit. The Toyota Sienna minivan has no spare and no space specifically for one either; you'd think that especially in a minivan the weight penalty is too small to be meaningful. Smart, Ford Focus, Honda Fit...everybody's getting in on the 'no spare tire' action.
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Old 02-09-2009, 03:25 PM   #33
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No spare in a Focus? I'll have to double check my dad's next time I see it. He has a (relatively) new 08 Focus that's fully loaded except for leather seats and the "mood lighting" option.

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But then you're gonna hear for the next week how heavy and dirty the tire and jack were, and it got the back seat of her car all messed up, and then you have to spend an entire Sunday afternoon shampooing the carpets in her car...
her car? oh well in that case i would tell her to walk.
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I was looking at a new Cadillac parked in front of Costco a couple weeks ago. According to the window sticker, in lieu of a spare tire and jack, they gave what amounted to a can of fix-a-flat. Left me scratching my head a bit...
see i dont like that solution because what if you have a blowout. like the sidewall catches on fire and the tread is completely detached from the wheel.

the times ive had to use a spare, fix a flat would not have worked...
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Old 02-09-2009, 03:36 PM   #35
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No spare in a Focus? I'll have to double check my dad's next time I see it. He has a (relatively) new 08 Focus that's fully loaded except for leather seats and the "mood lighting" option.
Could be optional like in the Camaro.

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her car? oh well in that case i would tell her to walk.
He meant that she'd complain about your spare tire dirtying her car when she brings it to you because you left it at home.

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see i dont like that solution because what if you have a blowout. like the sidewall catches on fire and the tread is completely detached from the wheel.

the times ive had to use a spare, fix a flat would not have worked...
I have to use a spare after hitting a pothole or curb that breaks the sidewall or having a tire explode. If it's just a puncture I'll just plug it.

That reminds me, I haven't been carrying a full kit in the VW, just the stuff it came with. I'll have to remember to put everything in it when I start driving it again (soon, if this weather is any indication).
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Old 02-09-2009, 03:48 PM   #36
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OK!

because none can predict what will be "plugable" or not, anyone that's not MacGyver-like, just carry the spare dang it!

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haha yea,

sigh new cars = teh fail... nearly becomming idiot proof/effort proof

soon we will have turn signals that will turn on by just looking at em!

heck we alreay have rain sensing wipers as if a knob/lever/switch is soooo hard to use! my god! i cant tell when i need the wipers on! EEK WHAT SHALL I DO!?!?!?
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Run-flat tires are HEAVY. In fact I bet they are so heavy, that the extra weight of those tires is the same as just running normal tires and carrying a spare...

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