It’s time we think about spare tires before we need one

September 12th, 2018 by

Do Volkswagen cars still have spare tires?
If there was ever something that is taken for granted in the automotive world, it’s the spare tire. Hopefully, you haven’t had to use one, but the odds are you will encounter a flat tire and need to remember how to make the change. However, more and more automakers have chosen to forego including this ubiquitous piece of equipment. So, do Volkswagen cars still have spare tires? Yes, they do. VW engineers have found other ways to save weight and make its vehicles more fuel efficient, so most models are going to be equipped with the humble but still useful donut. Here are a few other things you should know about spare tires. If your regular tires need to be replaced, don’t wait until it’s too late. Make an appointment with the Spitzer VW Service Department today.

How long can I use a spare tire?
We can’t overstate this enough; spare tires are only a temporary solution. You should never drive more than 70 miles faster than 50 miles per hour. These tires are just meant to help you get somewhere to get your regular tire patched or to get a new one. The reason so-called donuts are a short-term solution is that they don’t have enough tread to be truly effective. Additionally, these tires aren’t as robustly built as a full-size tire, so using a donut for too long will eventually cause damage to your vehicle.

What is a run-flat tire?
One of the newer trends more expensive models are employing for spares are run-flat tires. These work exactly as advertised. If a run-flat tire is punctured it relies on an internal structure or self-seals the hole to help the vehicle get somewhere safe.

Does fix-a-flat work?
A can of what experts call fix-a-flat can be a great alternative to having to deal with changing a tire on the side of the road. If you’ve picked up a nail or have a slow leak, this route can be a perfect solution. However, if you find that the rim is already sitting on the ground or you have a blowout in the sidewall, an aerosol-based solution might not work for you.

How do I prevent flat tires?
The best way to prevent flat tires is to make sure you rotate your tires on time and always make sure they are properly inflated. Also, make sure you occasionally check-in on the health of the spare tire in your trunk. The last thing you need to deal with is a spare tire that is also flat.

If you have any questions about caring for your vehicle and making sure you get the most out of your investment, stop into our service department and one of our experts will help you come up with a plan.

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