At Anderson Behel, Santa Clara’s premier body shop in Santa Clara, Calif., we like to offer safety tips from time to time, because we want you to live a long, productive and injury-free life.
Inflating your spare tire is one of those tips we’d like to share, because every driver has had their car break down due to a flat tire at least one time. Most newer vehicles now have space-saver spare tires that are much smaller than the tires on the car and intended only for temporary use. Because the tire is smaller, they usually require much higher air pressure (usually about 60 p.s.i.), a fact many drivers don’t know.
So why do we so often find dangerously low or even flat spare tires? Mainly because it just sits in your trunk until you require it. The regular tires on your vehicle are constantly moving and flexing as you drive your vehicle, which keeps the rubber seated to the rim for a good seal. The spare, however, does not move and flex, so any small leak around the bead does not have a chance to seal up.
It’s always a good idea to check the air pressure in your spare on regular intervals (for example at every oil change). You don’t want to be out on a cold, rainy or crazy windy night and get a flat tire—only to find that your spare is also dead flat!