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What is a spare tire well?

What is a spare tire well?

Storage. Spare tires in automobiles are often stored in a spare tire well – a recessed area in the trunk of a vehicle, usually in the center, where the spare tire is stored while not in use. Other storage locations include a cradle underneath the rear of the vehicle.

Is driving with a spare wheel illegal?

While it’s a useful feature to have – no-one wants to be stranded with a flat tyre – there is no legal requirement to have a spare wheel in your vehicle. In fact, the RAC estimates that 90 per cent of new cars don’t come with a spare wheel. Most now feature either run-flat tyres, or repair foam and a compressor.

Is spare wheel safe?

When you check the air pressure in your car tyres remember to also check the pressure in the space saver or spare tyre. Space saver wheels are perfectly safe if you follow the instructions: keep your speed down and don’t drive any further than necessary.

Is it a legal requirement to have a spare wheel UK?

Is Having a Spare Tyre a Legal Requirement? No, keeping a spare tyre in your car is not a legal requirement according to UK law. However, it is still advisable to carry one in your vehicle, as well as a jack.

Why is there no spare wheel with new cars?

Over the past decade, more and more car manufacturers have ditched conventional spare wheels for tyre repair kits. They cite two main reasons for this: repair kits take up less space and are lighter, thus aiding fuel economy. But there’s a third reason: cost. The rest are fitted with run-flat tyres.

Should a car be sold with a spare tyre?

Check any spare like you would the 4 on the car. You’ll want to make sure it’s in roadworthy condition should you ever need it. Not all used cars will come with a spare tyre, though. It’s not a legal requirement and isn’t checked as part of an MOT, so the absence of a spare wheel isn’t necessarily a problem.

Why can you only go 50 mph on a spare tire?

In a turn, the path of the inside wheel is shorter than that of the outside wheel, which means they travel at different speeds. For all these reasons, manufacturers suggest keeping speeds below 50 mph and using the spare tire only for limited distances if possible.

Can you drive with 2 spare tires?

You should not drive over 50 mph and no more than 50 miles with a donut-type spare tire. Driving for long distances on a spare tire can potentially cause damage to other car parts, including the transmission.

Will a car fail an MOT without a spare TYRE?

Wheels and tyres Although a spare wheel is not a requirement for an MOT check – a ‘space saver’ spare fitted as a road wheel will not pass.

Can you sell a car without a spare TYRE?

Any car sold by a dealer must be roadworthy, as described, fit for purpose and of satisfactory qualify. They can’t legally sell a car fitted with tyres that aren’t in good condition and don’t meet the legal limit.

What’s the purpose of a spare wheel in a car?

The main job of a spare wheel is to help you get to the nearest tire repair shop to fix the puncture or damage to your drive wheel. It is not intended for everyday use, however, it is the kind of stuff you need to carry with you as long as you own the vehicle.

When did manufacturers no longer need to provide spare wheels?

In 2012 vehicle regulations changed and manufacturers were no longer required to provide a spare wheel. Since then, breakdown recovery companies have noticed a huge rise in breakdowns due to punctures and other tyre related problems. Road Hero has been manufactured to help ease this issue and to help you get home safely. What we offer?

Can a spare tire be mounted on a road wheel?

The spare tire may be identical type and size to those on the vehicle. The spare may either be mounted on a plain steel rim or a matching road wheel as found on the vehicle.

Why is my spare wheel well full of water?

There are two main places that may be leaking. If you have a roof rack, then the bolts that hold the rails might not have gotten enough sealer before installation. This would allow water into the passenger compartment through the bolts threads. To fix this issue the dealer will have to remove each bolt and add sealer.