Are Spare Tires Going Extinct? | John Hirsch’s Cambridge Motors




Are spare tires headed for the history books? According to a new report from AAA 36% of 2015 model-year vehicles were sold without a spare tire.

Why is this bizarre practice becoming a trend among automakers you may ask? In the continuous goal to make vehicles more and more fuel efficient engineers discovered that by removing the spare tire they could lower vehicle weight by up to 30 pounds. 30 pounds might not sounds like much in relation to a 5,400 pound 2016 Dodge Challenger, but when it comes to mpg every pound make a big difference.

If your vehicle does not include a spare tire, you will not be left high and dry. Vehicles following this new trend are instead equipped with run-flat tires or an emergency flat tire kit.

Run-flat tires are a type of tire that can suffer a puncture and keep you driving for a certain amount of miles depending on the tire.  Most run-flat tires will give you enough time to drive to a local service station. The downside to run-flat tires is that they can be hard to find and expensive to replace. However, as run-flat tires become a more popular choice for carmakers, prices will more than likely drop as availability grows

Emergency flat-tire kits provide a temporary fix for small tread punctures. These kits include an inflator and sealant to provide you enough time to drive to your local service station. Remember to never use one of these kits to seal a sidewall puncture or cut. Instead it is best to call for roadside assistance. While refill sealant kits might be expensive to purchase from the dealership, sealing the puncture before driving to the service station can make it more likely that professionals will be able to repair your tire as opposed to replacing it completely.

All hope is not lost for the spare tire however. Many dealerships will gladly include a spare tire with the purchase of your new vehicle. Be sure ask if the vehicle you are purchasing comes with a spare tire. If it doesn’t, and you want one, see if the dealership will trade the emergency flat-tire kit for a spare tire.

Below you will find a list of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles that do not automatically come equipped with spare tires:  

Chrysler

200 (2015) Spare tire optional, run-flat tires are installed when not equipped with a spare

300 SRT-8 (2011 – 2014): Spare tire optional, inflator/sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare

Dodge

All SRT models with 20 inch wheels: Inflator/sealant kit

Challenger (2009 – 2015): Spare tire optional, inflator/sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare

Charger (2006 – 2015): Spare tire optional, inflator/sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare

Dart (2013 – 2015): Spare tire optional, inflator/sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare

Viper (1998 – 2010, 2013 – 2015): Inflator/sealant kit

Jeep

Cherokee (2014 - 2015): Spare tire optional, inflator/sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare

Ram

ProMaster (2014 – 2015): Spare tire optional, inflator/sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare


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