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Are tyre repair kits a viable alternative for a spare wheel?

Yes, but personally, I wouldn't risk it. The only time I've ever needed my spare was [cue spooky music] on a dark, stormy night, on a two lane highway through a dense forest. I was doing ~50 mph when ...
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Are tyre repair kits a viable alternative for a spare wheel?

Do you carry a toolset, lights, spare belts and hoses, and OBD-II decoder and electrical patch cables? If not, then you're not taking on much more risk by leaving the spare at home, provided you ...
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Are tyre repair kits a viable alternative for a spare wheel?

No, they're not. My first flat ever shredded the tire before I could bring the vehicle to a stop. Those things could save you hundreds of dollars but leave you stranded where there is no help when you ...
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Trailer spare tire mount: U-bolt threads too long for lug wrench

Cutting them down to size is about your only option, unless you want to carry a separate combination wrench (spanner). If you want to cut the threads cleanly, don't use a bolt cutter. The way to go is ...
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Why does a tire have the same air pressure when mounted on the car and when not?

The very short answer is this: for a gas at constant temperature, the product of pressure and volume is constant. This is the ideal gas law - close enough for this purpose. When you load a tire, it ...
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Are tyre repair kits a viable alternative for a spare wheel?

A lot of this really depends on your driving habits, location, coverage, and how much you care about being inconvenienced. In your particular circumstances, as I'm (perhaps incorrectly) understanding ...
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Are tyre repair kits a viable alternative for a spare wheel?

Having recently had the pleasure of the company of an AA Rescue Patrolman for a couple of hours. This is after picking up a hole in the sidewall that the can of gloop couldn't seal. I was on the ...
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Trailer spare tire mount: U-bolt threads too long for lug wrench

I agree with the answer by @Paulster2. However if you don't want to do any sawing, grinding or filing, you could buy a suitable box spanner, for example - Product details from that website - Make ...
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Why is removing a spare tire from the trunk so time consuming

So the bolt & thread is still long enough when tires of different sizes are used. Edit based on comment: Many cars can have different wheel diameter and widths as standard, usually specified when ...
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What is the difference between 245/75R16 and 265/70R16, and will it damage my car to drive with one smaller tire?

What you've got there is what we call a plus zero tire size. The tire is wider than stock but fits on the original wheel without changing the outer circumference very much. Is there a huge ...
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What is the difference between 245/75R16 and 265/70R16, and will it damage my car to drive with one smaller tire?

There is not a significant difference in circumference and that's what you need to worry about with your spare. I believe the size you have is for the original, full-sized spare. If you look at the ...
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Are tyre repair kits a viable alternative for a spare wheel?

In the 45 years I've been driving, most of which were on the poorly maintained streets of Hawaii, I've had only one flat that could not have been fixed by a plug kit (and even that one was my fault). ...
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Are tyre repair kits a viable alternative for a spare wheel?

I have a 2003 Mini Cooper S that didn't come with a spare tire, the battery was relocated by the factory to the trunk to make room for the supercharger. It did originally came with run flat tires, ...
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Trailer spare tire mount: U-bolt threads too long for lug wrench

The answers from Paulster2 and HandyHowie both provide viable solutions, but if neither option appeals to you, make a spacer. Remove one nut and find a short length of pipe or metal conduit that will ...
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Spare tire usage

If your spare is a full size tire then there's no reason you can't use it longer term as long as it's in good shape. Over time the rubber compounds will break down and you'll get sidewall cracks which ...
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Are tyre repair kits a viable alternative for a spare wheel?

My car has no spare wheel, but has comes with a repair kit and built-in inflation kit. I've decided it's not worth the cost of acquiring a spare wheel, based on: Likelihood of a puncture (at all) is ...
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How long can I drive on a donut spare?

This is my testimony. I'm not bragging in any way and will not suggest that anyone take my experience to make a confirmed decision. This was only done in an emergency, well prayed up, situation. My ...
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Left with a piece after changing the tire [PICTURE]

It is called "jack pad" which is used in elevating the car when changing tire or other mechanical inspections. It's attached under the car (somewhere around the side edge of the chassis). https://www....
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Will putting a 5x115 lug pattern wheel on 5x114.3 fit?

tl dr: Don't use anything but the proper lug pattern/size. The biggest problem with using a lug pattern which doesn't match exactly is you will most likely never get the wheel to align correctly. It ...
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Should the 5th wheel be included in the tire rotation?

There are several patterns of rotation for vehicles. When a vehicle has a space saver spare then patterns of side to side, cross or front to rear are applicable. As you have a full size spare then ...
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Where do I store spare tire?

Here is a picture, if this is what you are asking. I'm not exactly sure what you are asking... where do you store the spare tire? Where I assume you found it:
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Trailer spare tire mount: U-bolt threads too long for lug wrench

Like almost everybody else, I defer to Paulster2's answer: a U-bolt is a stock item made to one of a number of sizes, none of which was quite right for the application. However: is the wheel dished ...
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Advantage of criss-crossed U-bolts

The criss-cross helps prevent the bracket from turning when installed. If they were just straight up and down, the bracket would tend to walk, causing it to turn. With them criss-crossed, it has a ...
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Spare wheel looks identical to others, is it?

While the tire may look the same, it probably isn't. The regular tires on your Fiesta are most likely small. Looking at what should be available on them (from this website), it appears the most common ...
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How far should you drive on a donut in an all wheel drive car?

The donut provided by the manufacturer should be the same rolling diameter as the original tires provided on the vehicle. Especially when concerning a Subaru. The size of the tire is very important ...
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Renault Master spare wheel - best place to keep it

For anyone interested... This is what we ended up doing...
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1994 Nissan Pickup Spare Tire (Frontier class model)

If that wheel and tire came with the truck, then the tire is 26 years old. Tires degrade with age. Because of this age-related degradation, the tire is unsafe. Don't use it. Don't put it in anyone ...
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unscrew the over-tightened nuts from a Hyundai Santa Fe 2012 Limited

A cross type lug wrench will work better. You pull up on one side and down on the other so it only applies torque with no bending moment as your wrench. Crosses have 3 or 4 different size sockets , ...
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Is it safe to drive with spare wheel but with proper tire?

I have a set of alloys and a set of steel wheels looking very similar to that shown. They do require their own nuts ie the alloys have one type of nut and the steels another. The steels are ...
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Tire blowout, mounted spare on front of FWD vehicle

It is extremely unlikely that you caused any damage whatsoever in the three miles you drove. Basically, there are a couple little gears that don't normally spin except when you go around corners. ...
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