[DML] RE: Abandon the spare?
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[DML] RE: Abandon the spare?

Marty -

I would recommend carrying AAA in case you get a flat.  I got a flat
several years ago, pulled into a parking lot, unloaded the trunk, put
the spare on, crossed my fingers, lowered the car (spare held!),
reloaded the trunk, put the rear tire on the passenger seat, got in,
drove 2 feet (literally) and all the pressure came out of the spare.  So
I called AAA, and while I was waiting for my flatbed to arrive, put the
old tire back on.  So if you don't mind waiting for AAA, you may as well
use the extra space for storage or whatever.  Maybe a goldfish tank?

I suspect putting a tube inside the spare would keep that from happening
again.  Anyone ever try that?  At least it was a good excuse to get a
new full set of Yokohama's.

VIN 5804
Watertown, MA

Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2005 03:07:09 -0000
From: "Marty Galbreath" <marty@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Abandon the spare?

I presently have my stereo amplifier in the passenger's footwell, 
covered by my nice DMCH floormat. This is certainly not an ideal 
location - heat, untidy wiring, reduced legroom, etc.

I originally had installed it in a beautiful custom panel behind the 
parcel shelf along with my new rear speakers. But that location
unusable due to the fact that the distributor is only about 8 inches 
away through a fiberglass wall, and the RFI was impossible to

Now I have my ac/heater unit out and have been looking towards 
moving the amp to the trunk. The front wall is right there, nice and 
bare and wiring through it would be easy. The amp is too large to 
fit beneath the spare as others have done. So I was wondering how 
may of you have removed the spare to get more trunk room? Would 
carrying a small compressor or Fix-a-flat or both suffice in most 
instances of a flat tire? In 32 years 
of driving I have yet to have a flat tire while on the road. (I'm
sure it will happen tomorrow now) I'm looking for reassurance here.

Please voice your opinions about driving sans spare.


Marty Galbreath

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