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Flat tyre - again!

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Post by marelro Sat 20 Jun 2020 - 22:06

May be I am an unlucky person, but I have the 3rd case of a flat tyre in 3 years.

I always thought that there are only 2 bad things to say about my favourite car:

- the not so practical sun visor (that cannot be drawn to the side)
- the fact that the coated sheet steel gets easily scratches from the shoes when a person - especially a person not used to Winds -  enters and leaves the car.

I now add a 3rd thing: I will not buy another car that has not a proper spare tyre!

I got up this morning as early as 5:25 to get on the road at 6:30. I wanted to pay a visit to my mum's home - a 350 km ride. Smile

I found myself stranded at about 80 km from home. Crying or Very sad I did not bother to use the Tyrefit. Biggest problem was to contact my husband - as all 3 handsets were logged out from the system (totally unexplained) - a friend came to take me home. In the meantime, my husband was aware of the situation and had loaded the 4 winter tyres (they are only 15 inch, so I needed all 4 of them to avoid mixed mounting). We rushed back to the rest area where the Wind waited and I then changed all 4 tyres (1st shock second, one tyre would not go off, truck driver gave it a decent kick, 2nd shock second: My husband had brought the tyres from the attic, but not any screws, but then I remembered that I had this problem once and therefore I ALWAYS keep those in the Wind)

Don't you ever have this problem?

I really wonder whether I will not better put a spare wheel in the boot and drive around with it!
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Post by Timtnx Sun 21 Jun 2020 - 9:49

Mine came to me with a spare, not sure whether it was a cost option when new though.
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Post by pittstop Sun 21 Jun 2020 - 11:34

I just won't go any distance in a car that doesn't have some kind of spare wheel even if it is limited to 50mph.

The Wind has a spare wheel well in the boot & I believe many were sold with a spare. 

I'm sure you could find a suitable spare on the internet as there are company's that specialise in them which they sell complete with jack & wheel brace. Well worth the outlay even if you call out the recovery service to change it for you

My wife bought a new Honda Jazz in 2019 & a spare was a cost option. The salesman recommended to buy a spare off the internet as the Honda's were so expensive.

Bought a spare off the internet for my daughter's Audi TTS which due to the size of the uprated front brakes on the TTS can only be used on the rear wheels but if a front tyre goes flat she can move a wheel from back to front then put the spare on the rear & be on her way.

Definitely buy a spare & carry it at all times.
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Post by Barbs Sun 21 Jun 2020 - 12:12

if you cut a little bit out of the trim at the back a full size spare will fit in. the mat sits a little bit up but as the boot is so big it really doesn't make a difference. My car came with a space saver had to use it when coming back from Scotland it was horrible
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Post by Johno.0 Sun 21 Jun 2020 - 16:12

I have a full size one in mine with no trimming. I just angled it as I put it in and once passed the plastic lip that protrudes it fit very snug.
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Post by marelro Mon 22 Jun 2020 - 22:07

Surprised
Thanks to all of you!!

Tomorrow I will try to find one...

If I have success I 'll regret that I did not ask earlier... Embarassed

PS: I did not notice a single wind during 700 km of German Autobahn.
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Post by Anthony1664 Thu 9 Jul 2020 - 0:53

I bought ours a second hand steel wheel from a ClioII, it won’t fit the front due to the brake calliper size but fits the rear my theory been should a front get a flat swap one off the rear to the front and put the Clio wheel on the back, the rolling size is same but I did also buy a set of steel wheel bolts 2nd hand as they are different to the alloy wheel ones
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Post by marelro Thu 9 Jul 2020 - 11:56

Thank you for all the suggestions.

I just finished my work: I now go on the road with a real spare tyre (winter size: 195/45 R 16).

To make it fit I had to take a saw and shortened the plastic cover (I do not intend to sell this car in my life!) Biggest problem was to remove the screws that held it! The electric cable could be un-clicked (certainly there is a better Englisch expression but I am in a hurry). The rest was easy.

I lost perhaps some millimeters of space because it is a little bit higher now, but I don't mind.

Now I just have to pay attention during the next ride whether the car jack and screws and the other things that I bubble-wrapped under the tyre will make an unwanted noise, but if this is the case I'll find a solution.

I feel so happy now! Smile
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