Mini spare fits Prime?

Discussion in 'Prime Accessories and Modifications' started by crewdog, Nov 2, 2016.

  1. Laura-Ann

    Laura-Ann Junior Member

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    I've had 3 flats in my 2019 Prime in only 17,000 miles of ownership. Been stranded away from home and had to be towed once, the other two times I found the car in my garage sitting on a flat when I went to drive somewhere. All three were nails or wood screws in the tread. I am going shopping tomorrow for a wheel and full size tire from a salvage yard. I've had it with the car not having a spare and being constantly worried about picking up a nail. I'll carry it behind the passenger seat, I guess, or in my Thule cargo pod when I am on a long road trip and have the pod installed.
     
  2. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web BMW i3 and Model 3

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    I found going to a hardware store to be the riskiest. About one flat per ten visits. Now I carry:
    • 12V air inflator (keep tires at max sidewall pressure)
    • sticky string plug kit (takes upper body strength!)
    • needle nose vice grips and razor knife
    I found tire shops are too willing to claim, "Too close to sidewall" which is offen nonsense. A true sidewall puncture is very rare,

    When possible, drive by shops or divided highway with center barrier and the window cracked. Listen for the "click click" before the screw or nail gets deep enough to cause grief. Stop as soon as practical, feel the tire, and removed the offending object with the needle nose, vice grips.

    REMINDER: Cold weather 'deflates' the tires so top them off in the Fall.

    Bob Wilson
     
  3. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk Sand Pounder

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    Did you consider compact spare as well? It’s lighter, and well: more compact.

    There’s an area in our nearby lumber/hardware store where they’d stockpile lumber. It was wrapped in tarps secured with long staples, that were punched through small plastic “washers”.

    Anyway, I guess they just yoink those tarps off the lumber when breaking up the load, and you have these staple/washer combos strewn EVERYWHERE, about half of them with the washer at the bottom and the staple tines pointed skyward.
     
  4. Lee Jay

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    I've been to Home Depot about 10 times in the last 2 weeks (doing several home improvement projects). I suspect I've been to a hardware store over 1,000 times in my life, and I've never once had a flat from that. In fact, I've never once had a flat from a nail or screw. Slow leaks that required tire repair, but no flats.
     
  5. Salamander_King

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    Flats are a rare event, at least for me. But when it happened, most of the time the fix-a-flat sealant would not have fixed them. Three flats I had to deal with on the road on my or my family's car in the past 20+ years are all sidewall punctures. The most recent one on our PathHy a 2 years ago with sidewall damage from the curbstone. I have not had a flat on PP yet, but I carry a full-size spare in the rear seat footwell just in case. It is extremely rare that I need rear seats for people, so it works for me. A full-size tire is more securely wedged in place without strapping it. Besides, it can be used permanently for a long trip at highway speed, unlike the temp donut spare. And it costed less than buying a temp tire for Prius.

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  6. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web BMW i3 and Model 3

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    Correct, slow leaks. Only had one flat from construction zone debris in 1980s and a blowout in 1967.

    Bob Wilson
     
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