Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What precautions should I follow with the spare tire?

asked by on

What precautions should I follow with the spare tire?

A: Your compact spare tire is essential – all ...

Your compact spare tire is essential – all it takes is one nail on the road to puncture a tire, and you’ll need a way to get going once more. The spare tire does just that. However, you’ll need to follow a few precautions for safety here:

  • Check the spare’s air pressure when you check the other four tires (once per month).

  • Don’t use tire chains with a spare tire.

  • Do not drive faster than 50 MPH.

  • Never swap your spare onto another car unless it’s the same model.

  • Use caution when driving with the spare – the traction and handling are different than with your normal tires.

  • Your Low Tire Pressure light will come on after mounting the spare, and then go off. The TPMS light will then come on and stay on until you mount the regular wheel again.

Tip

Your spare is designed only for temporary use. Do not drive on it any longer than absolutely necessary.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Can not remove rear tire

What is causing you to be unable to remove the tire? If all of the lug nuts have been removed and the tire will not come off, there may be a lip of rust keeping the wheel from moving. In...

Q: How do the sun visors work?

Your Accord is equipped with two sun visors to help reduce glare from sunlight. Using them is as easy as it gets. Just follow these steps: Fold down the sun visor. Pull the support rod out of the roof...

Q: Tires losing air

If you have chrome plated wheels, corrosion can build up much easier on chrome plates than steel wheel or alloy wheels. Corrosion is also common on alloy wheels. A puncture in the sidewall of a tire is non repairable unless...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...