What About Your Spare Tyre?

It is very easy to forget about your spare tyre, but if one of your tyres becomes damaged or punctured by debris from the road, you may need to get back home or to your nearest tyre fitting centre. That is why it is so important to check the condition of your spare tyre on a regular basis.

Spare tyres vary. They can be full-size or thinner space saver tyres which are not intended for extended use. Space saver tyres are only designed to get you back home or to the nearest garage. They usually cannot be used at speeds greater than 50mph. The maximum speed at which you can safely drive on the spare is usually printed on a sticker located on the side of the wheel itself. If your spare tyre does not have such a sticker, then keep your speed to a maximum of 30mph until you get to safety.

Where is my spare tyre?

You should make sure you know where your spare tyre is located. You also need to ensure that the tyre jack and locking wheel nut key are safely stored with it. These items are usually located underneath the panel in your boot, but it can vary from car to car. Your vehicle handbook will have further details.

You may even find that you don’t have a spare tyre at all. A lot of vehicle manufacturers now provide a tyre repair kit instead of a replacement tyre. The tyre repair kit includes a special foam sealant which is inserted into the tyre through the valve, and a compressor that re-inflates the tyre. The tyre sealant bonds with the rubber almost instantly providing a temporary puncture repair that allows you to drive to safety. We cannot fix a tyre after it has been filled with a foam sealant.

If you need a replacement spare tyre, Car Clinic MOT Centre can supply you with replacement spares including space saver tyres for all of the most popular makes and models of vehicle. For an Ellesmere Port tyres quote, Ellesmere Port MOT or an Ellesmere Port car repairs quote, just call us on 0151 339 0101.