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TYPES OF SPARE TIRES

There are different types of spare tires for vehicles. Many have the small temporary spares that take up very little space and are designed for temporary use only. There are folding spares which require inflation with an air canister before you can put it on the vehicle. These are designed for getting a car moving from the point where the flat tire occurred to a place where a new tire can be put on. They are not replacement tires to be used for the same type of driving as you would the regular tires. Others, such as SUV's or trucks have a full size tire with wheel that can easily replace the old tire. One can often see these types mounted behind or under the vehicles. While these tires take up the most space on vehicles they are the most useful. When one has the full size spares, they should include this fifth wheel in the regular rotation of tires to maximize the usefulness of this spare tire. The rubber on the tires will wear and crack from age before the tread wears down. So, by utilizing this fifth tire in your rotation, you'll be getting more for your money.




SPARE TIRE TIPS

Because most spare tires are designed to be hidden in order to make more space for other things, these tires are often the most neglected part of the car when doing regular maintenance. As a result, many find themselves facing the same problem when they go to replace their flat tire with a spare. Spare tires do lose air after time and need to be checked just as the regular tires do, once a month is usually recommended for an air pressure check on a spare tire. Spare tires usually have instructions on the sidewalls that show what the recommended air pressure should be.

The space that's regulated for the spare tire on the vehicle also has essential space carved out for the essential tire changing tools. Always make sure that those tools are kept with the spare. There's nothing worse than having the spare and absolutely no tools to change the flat with. Anytime you have to change tires, always make sure that those tools go back with the spare tire for next use.

t's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the process of changing a tire prior to having a flat tire. Take some time for a dry run so that you know how to use the different tools and how to mount the spare tire. Doing this on an afternoon when you are at home and relaxed will make you better equipped to handle a situation when it actually arises.




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