No Spare tire. What have you done?

Discussion in 'Gen 1 Prius Plug-in 2012-2015' started by JDFINSFAN, Aug 14, 2020.

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  1. AAA or towing with your Ins Co.

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  2. Carry a full spare in the back.

    12.5%
  3. Carry a factory donut in the back.

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  4. Just drive man.

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  1. JDFINSFAN

    JDFINSFAN New Member

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    Since there’s no Spare on the 2014 Prius Plug-In, what have you all found helpful?
     
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    Actually, I carry a plug kit and a little air compressor. Also, I have the Toyota SOS button that's supposed to bring help.
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    One more thing you should know, Try not use the Toyota-supplied flat kit that is included with the Plug-In. It's a one-time use kit, and you will likely end up paying to have the slime removed, and replacing a ruined Tire Pressure Monitor.
     
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    i have a donut in the hatch
     
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    Donut in the hatch on my Prime. Full sized in the PiP. Plug kit in both.
     
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    Compressor and plug kit have served me well.
     
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    Donut for road trips, in town ... Nothing
     
  8. T1 Terry

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    In town, nothing, on a trip, the CO2 cartridge and adapter or a cigarette light plug in compressor. If the hole is bigger than that being enough to get me to the next town, I add a measure of the green stuff that seals the tyre and try again. If that doesn't work, the tyre is stuffed anyway so I dive nice and steady between pump ups till I reach help, or take the tyre off and thumb a lift to the next town to get another tyre, then thumb a lift back to the car. Aussies are a friendly helpful lot if they know why you need a lift, the wheel or a petrol can generally gets someone to help you out fairly quickly because they know how far it is between towns over here.

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    I asked my local tyre shop and they said removing the foam is no problem at all, it just washes out. I think there's a lot of scaremongering about this stuff. I don't have TPMS though, it wasn't required in the EU until late 2014.
     
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    well i just finished up playing the no spare tire fiasco...wife blew a brand new michelin tire in the back...never had a michelin literally blow out,hence the flat tire kit and the air pump we had in the back would do no good...had AAA hook the car to nearest tire shop which cost me a bit more due to distance involved...so i bought a rim and new tire and im tired of the no spare syndrome that the new car manufactorers have so we now have a full size spare...because in the middle of the night...that is no time to be screwing around trying to get the car going...never again!
     
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    the plus side of a spare on the deck is that it is easy to check and fill the pressure
     
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  14. T1 Terry

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    With the Aussie '08 Gen 2, only the useless donut tyre fits in the spare wheel well. I bought a full size spare for the trip from Wollongong NSW to Mannum South Australia via country Victoria (about 1500km, a lot of back country roads with no towns for miles and even less chance of finding a replacement tyre) Ended up packing some of the gear I had to take over in the spare wheel well so this thing could sit on top. Naturally, if you have one you never need to use it, so now it takes up space in the workshop.
    The 2007 with the plug in battery pack no longer has a spare wheel well, that is where the 10kWh battery lives, so taking any sort of spare is a pain in the butt.
    If a Michelin tyre blew-out, chances are the side wall had been damaged, they have very weak sidewalls. Not sure what the road sides are like over there, but a somewhat dangerous situation trying to change a tyre on the side of the road at night over here. Expecting the wife to get out and change a tyre ... well, I think the one I have now probably would, but not a hope any of the previous partners would have even considered it. If they couldn't get help via the phone, they would have destroyed a rim. and probably the side of the car as the tyre disintegrated, driving to the next place that was open to get it fixed.

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    Had to call my brother in law and wife about 9pm to bring me a spare from his old tires. Few days later replaced three remaining Michelin tires with four Falcon tires, spare went back. Running good ever since.

    Going to put a donut tire in the near future in the rear cargo area.
     
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    I carry a donut from my '07 Prius whenever I take the car on a road trip. I know the spare is not "quite" the same size, but I believe it is close enough to work on a rear tire while being towed on a dolly until I can get a replacement. (My Prius' normal road trips consist of being on a tow dolly and being towed behind a motorhome.

    Around town I'll keep the donut in the back unless I need the room for something else.
     
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