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Jack, Lugwrench, Spare

Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:03 am

My 2016 with 17" alloys came with a can of fix-a-flat and a weenie air compressor instead of a spare / jack combo. I can't live like that. I've read you can use a compact spare & jack / tools from an earlier Leaf or a 2002-2006 Altima.

Has anyone mounted the Jack successfully in the side compartment? I think the jack should expand into place to hold it there but newer cars may be missing that upper flange that would hold the lifting pad of the jack.

Any 2011/2012 folks care to post a picture of their spare / jack in situ?

I'm not going overboard and mounting a spare underneath, but I'd like to be able to choose where to buy my first tire instead of getting towed to the dealer only via roadside assistance.
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GerryAZ
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Re: Jack, Lugwrench, Spare

Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:12 am

Even original 2011 USA Leafs did not include jacks and spare tires (storage compartment on 2011 and 2012 was designed to securely hold a scissor jack, but I don't have a good picture). I recommend that you get a good tubeless tire repair kit to carry in the car along with a few tools (pliers to pull out whatever punctured the tire, for example). The air compressor is actually a good little unit which you can use without connecting the can of sealer. The sealer will make a mess inside the wheel and tire and will likely ruin the tire pressure sensor so I recommend that you avoid using it unless there is no alternative. I am not sure about 2016, but roadside assistance on earlier models will tow your car to the nearest tire shop (as long as it is no further than the dealer).
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Re: Jack, Lugwrench, Spare

Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:24 am

Good info thank you. Same issue different question, my wheels are 17's, can I get away with a 16" spare from the Altima just to get to the tire shop or do you think that's a poor choice? I've had donut spares on every newish car I've ever owned but never noticed if the rim size was identical to uprated rims. I don't mind sourcing a 17x6 (or whatever) spare but the smaller the better for what I'm planning. (False floor w/ spare hold downs & mounted jack)
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Re: Jack, Lugwrench, Spare

Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:03 am

There are several threads on spare wheels that fit. Main concern with Leaf is offset and shape of inside of wheel. Leafs have large brake calipers and many wheels from other passenger cars will not fit. Donut spares are OK to get to a tire shop as long as they are used within their mileage and speed limitations. I bought an extra 16-inch alloy wheel for the 2011 so that is my spare for the 2015 (I keep it at my workshop--would have roadside service tow me there since it is a commercial facility). I also have a donut spare from an early 1990's Jeep Cherokee that fits the rear (need thin spacer if brake pads are not worn down some), but will not clear the front caliper. There is not much difference in overall diameter between the 16-inch and 17-inch tires used on Leafs.
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Re: Jack, Lugwrench, Spare

Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:38 am

Great info thank you, it appears the 16" Altima spares are pretty plentiful on eBay but I'm going to see if a local Seattle area wrecking yard has what I'm looking for.
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Re: Jack, Lugwrench, Spare

Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:36 pm

I went to the Pick-n-Pull in Tumwater and found a 16" Continental T 135 / 90R 16 temporary spare that still has perfect tread and flawless paint in the back of a 2004 Altima. The car was rear-ended so the yard had never removed the spare, but it was undamaged. Next car over was a 2003 Altima and we found an unused black Nissan scissor jack with all of its yellow stickers and excellent paint.

Total spend = $21.16

I just need to find a decent 21mm lug wrench and an OEM jack handle that fits my new jack and I'll be in business.

I don't know if Dropbox picture links work but here's a couple shots:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kt9bpi96eikbn ... 9.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/2whnxfyv9anaj ... 1.jpg?dl=0
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Re: Jack, Lugwrench, Spare

Mon May 01, 2017 9:19 am

Scaramanga wrote:I went to the Pick-n-Pull in Tumwater and found a 16" Continental T 135 / 90R 16 temporary spare that still has perfect tread and flawless paint in the back of a 2004 Altima. The car was rear-ended so the yard had never removed the spare, but it was undamaged. Next car over was a 2003 Altima and we found an unused black Nissan scissor jack with all of its yellow stickers and excellent paint.

Total spend = $21.16

I just need to find a decent 21mm lug wrench and an OEM jack handle that fits my new jack and I'll be in business.

I don't know if Dropbox picture links work but here's a couple shots:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kt9bpi96eikbn ... 9.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/2whnxfyv9anaj ... 1.jpg?dl=0


Looks identical to mine: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=20415&start=20
Fits the same on my 16SL, 1/2' difference in diameter between the 16' spare and 17' tires, If a flat on the front happens , I would suggest transferring a good 17' back tire to the front and run the temp. spare on the rear,
I also remembered to grab the handle c/w lug wrench when I found mine.
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Re: Jack, Lugwrench, Spare

Mon May 01, 2017 9:35 am

ElectricEddy wrote:
Scaramanga wrote:I went to the Pick-n-Pull in Tumwater and found a 16" Continental T 135 / 90R 16 temporary spare that still has perfect tread and flawless paint in the back of a 2004 Altima. The car was rear-ended so the yard had never removed the spare, but it was undamaged. Next car over was a 2003 Altima and we found an unused black Nissan scissor jack with all of its yellow stickers and excellent paint.

Total spend = $21.16

I just need to find a decent 21mm lug wrench and an OEM jack handle that fits my new jack and I'll be in business.

I don't know if Dropbox picture links work but here's a couple shots:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kt9bpi96eikbn ... 9.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/2whnxfyv9anaj ... 1.jpg?dl=0


Looks identical to mine: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=20415&start=20
Fits the same on my 16SL, 1/2' difference in diameter between the 16' spare and 17' tires, If a flat on the front happens , I would suggest transferring a good 17' back tire to the front and run the temp. spare on the rear,
I also remembered to grab the handle c/w lug wrench when I found mine.


That's good news thanks for the confirmation on the size.

We looked in like 7 trunks for a decent jack & lug / handle but only found the one good jack. We found several handles but they were pretty much beat to death, one was twisted in to a pretzel, someone was having a terrible day.

Anyway, I looked on eBay and found this, it appears it will work and comes in a nice bag, etc. Ordered it.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Spare-Tire-Tool ... 30&vxp=mtr

I'm debating putting in a false plywood floor in the trunk to just throw the spare under, I'm going to have to move the Bose amp off it's mounts and scoot it around, not sure.
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Re: Jack, Lugwrench, Spare

Thu May 18, 2017 8:45 am

I put Bridgestone DriveGaurd (run flat) tires on my cars, don't have to worry about a spare, or even a flat.
I've driven 10 miles on a slashed sidewall to the Firestone shop, handled ok, enough to get me off the highway safely, just cant push it much past 40-45mph.
I have never noticed any change in my miles/Kwh stats and I save the weight of a tire, jack, and lug wrench.
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Re: Jack, Lugwrench, Spare

Thu May 18, 2017 1:54 pm

I'm debating putting in a false plywood floor in the trunk to just throw the spare under...


The spare needs to be secured, in case of a crash. It wasn't very hard to install a J-bolt through the rubber cap in the floor pan drain hole and through a wheel stud hole, with a wingnut to secure it. I used pre-drilled steel strap, folded in half for extra strength, and fished through the floorpan hole with wire. I then used a second piece of non-folded strap, with a regular nut on the top side of the cap, so the strap and J-bolt stay in place with the spare removed.
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