NNichols
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Spare Tire ?

Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:38 pm

I went to the dealership and took the test drive. I was perplexed at the absence of a spare tire or a donut.

All they offered was the Tirefix can as a backup. These cans of tirefix will ruin the balance in a tire if used.. Bad solution.

What has been others experience??


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KillaWhat
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Re: Spare Tire ?

Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:38 pm

Hi Rochester;

LOTS of discussion on here and solutions for the spare tire.
Many other countries Leaf's are equipped with spares.
Check out these threads as a start.

viewtopic.php?f=37&t=14737&hilit=spare+tire

viewtopic.php?f=37&t=14081&p=320421&hilit=cost+of+a+flat+tire#p320421

viewtopic.php?f=27&t=13683&p=312155&hilit=cost+of+a+flat+tire#p312155

I personally have spares but do not carry one with me, but I do have a $10 plug kit and have used the supplied inflator without the goop.
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Re: Spare Tire ?

Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:35 pm

Unfortunately the Leaf is not the only new car without a spare tire. Manufacturers have been slowly doing away with it, even if the car has ample room for one. They say it's to save weight, but it's also to save money.

The fix-a-flat's main drawback is not so much affecting tire/wheel balance, but that it ruins the TPMS sensor, forcing you to buy another one.
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Re: Spare Tire ?

Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:16 am

KillaWhat wrote:I personally have spares but do not carry one with me, but I do have a $10 plug kit and have used the supplied inflator without the goop.


+1

same, got a donut and jack from EBay but don't carry it, I will put it back in tomorrow.


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Re: Spare Tire ?

Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:52 am

I used to think that the car companies were just being cheap by supplying only the space saver spares, but I've rethought the issue. It has been over 30 years since I've needed a spare, and I drive over 25,000 miles a year. To me, they are just added cost and weight, and I don't miss the lack of a spare in the LEAF at all.
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Re: Spare Tire ?

Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:49 am

ranss12 wrote:I used to think that the car companies were just being cheap by supplying only the space saver spares, but I've rethought the issue. It has been over 30 years since I've needed a spare, and I drive over 25,000 miles a year. To me, they are just added cost and weight, and I don't miss the lack of a spare in the LEAF at all.


If you live in an area where telephonic (whether landline or cellular) contact to roadside assistance is feasible, then you won't necessarily need a spare. But even then, you could be experiencing long delays if the weather is bad. Another member mentioned that during the recent Texas ice storm, he experienced a long delay in just getting an ambulance, so you can imagine how long a tow truck will show up given the increases in car accidents and dead batteries.
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Re: Spare Tire ?

Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:39 am

RonDawg wrote:
ranss12 wrote:I used to think that the car companies were just being cheap by supplying only the space saver spares, but I've rethought the issue. It has been over 30 years since I've needed a spare, and I drive over 25,000 miles a year. To me, they are just added cost and weight, and I don't miss the lack of a spare in the LEAF at all.


If you live in an area where telephonic (whether landline or cellular) contact to roadside assistance is feasible, then you won't necessarily need a spare. But even then, you could be experiencing long delays if the weather is bad. Another member mentioned that during the recent Texas ice storm, he experienced a long delay in just getting an ambulance, so you can imagine how long a tow truck will show up given the increases in car accidents and dead batteries.


These issues all revolve around how much faith you put in other people serving you on demand when your choices are limited. Many folks are happy to make little preparation for adverse conditions in life, and are happy to just dial 911 or an 800 number when something bad happens. When the crap really hits the fan, it doesn't dawn on them that they just might have to rely on themselves. What if your mobile phone didn't work?

I needed a tow truck for my car last winter, and because there was a snow storm (in San Diego county, California), the tow truck didn't show for about 5 hours while I sat and froze in the cold. If we had an earthquake, I would imagine worse results.

Flat tires are common, whether you individually have had a flat tire or not. I personally don't want to rely (or even wait) for somebody to change my tire. That's different than somebody who physically can't change a tire.

There's no reason that Nissan can't make the spare tire optional here in the USA, since it's already offered on the car elsewhere.

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Re: Spare Tire ?

Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:37 pm

Tony,

What ever came of your spare tire holder project?
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Re: Spare Tire ?

Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:03 pm

RonDawg wrote:Unfortunately the Leaf is not the only new car without a spare tire. Manufacturers have been slowly doing away with it, even if the car has ample room for one. They say it's to save weight, but it's also to save money.
Got that right.

A fully tricked out Tesla P85+ Model S at >120K does not include a spare - not even a pump and goo kit that the LEAF gets.
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Re: Spare Tire ?

Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:33 pm

BudRaymond wrote:Tony,

What ever came of your spare tire holder project?


The "production" end of this project has been postponed until next summer.

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