What is installing a spare tyre all about?
A customer surprised by a flat tyre may want a mechanic to come out and replace the damaged tyre with the spare tyre.
Keep in mind:
Spare tyres in many vehicles are intended only to be used as a temporary solution until a new tyre (or set of tyres) can be purchased.
How it’s done:
- Remove the tyre and install spare tyre.
- Check and adjust the air pressure in all tyres and adjust as needed.
Spare tyres are a great solution when you find yourself with a flat tyre, so you should always keep a spare tyre in your vehicle. If you don’t feel comfortable putting the spare tyre on, you should call a mechanic to do it for you.
What are the common symptoms indicating you need to install a spare tyre?
- Tyre is flat
- Wheel or tyre has damage
How important is this service?
Cars need four tyres to operate. Most vehicles come equipped with a spare tyre in the trunk, just in case one of your regular tyres blows or goes flat. In the event that a tyre loses its pressure, you can use the spare tyre as an interim tyre until you get it replaced. Spare tyres may be compact or donut spare tyres which are smaller than regular tyres, and for safety concerns shouldn’t be driven for long periods of time, but they allow you to get your car mobile again after a flat tyre. A full-size spare can also be installed which can be used indefinitely until you can have your flat tyre repaired or replaced, as long as the spare tyre has tread remaining. Spare tyres are not meant for use above 90 km/hr, so you should not drive your vehicle at highway speeds while it’s equipped with a spare tyre, either compact or full-size.
If your vehicle is equipped with wheel locks, a mechanic will need the wheel lock key to remove the flat tyre and install your spare tyre. Keep your wheel lock key readily accessible in your vehicle in the event of a flat tyre.