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Old 11-22-2017, 07:28 PM   #1
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Went to Check spare pressure and found this. Fortunely I was able to find a replacment at pick n pull.

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Old 11-22-2017, 07:40 PM   #2
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Had that happen in my 97 sc1 and the 01 sc2. After the last one I went to pick n pull and just bought full size rim. Didn't want to deal with it again so put new tire on the rim and put in the trunk

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Old 11-22-2017, 08:23 PM   #3
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WTF?

How does that happen?

Did someone ride on it until it blew then just put it back in the trunk?

Or did it overheat in the trunk and blow?

I've heard of spares going flat over time in the trunk but I haven't seen that before, wow.

From the looks of it that had to sound like a bomb going off if you were in the car

I literally just got home from having tires put on, if I would have seen your post first I would have saved one old one to put on a bone yard rim for a full size spare but I didn't think of it at the time.

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Old 11-22-2017, 09:02 PM   #4
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Mine came apart in the trunk. I ended up buying a new one from tirerack.com. See last page of this thread:
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:23 PM   #5
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Go buy a CO2 bike tire inflator and a hand full of cartridges for it. Depressurize that spare down to about 10psi and it will last fine until needed. Add a good tire gauge to the emergency kit.

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Old 11-22-2017, 09:25 PM   #6
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This tire had never been run. I agree it would have scared the crud out of me if I’d heard it blow. Fortunately I found one at pick n pull witha good dot date on it for $20. Otherwise they’re pricey.

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Old 11-22-2017, 09:29 PM   #7
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The pick n pull I found was radial so someone replaced it at one point. Firestone as I recall. 4 lugs are difficult to find. 5 lug is far more common.



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Old 11-22-2017, 10:17 PM   #8
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Go buy a CO2 bike tire inflator and a hand full of cartridges for it. Depressurize that spare down to about 10psi and it will last fine until needed. Add a good tire gauge to the emergency kit.
Excellent advice OldNuc, I have never thought of using a bike inflator for the car but as long as it's for a schrader valve bike why not.

Also, around here if anyone uses a slime type fix-a-flat the tire shops will charge you an additional $30 per tire for a clean up fee, I've never used the stuff but was told it makes a hella mess when they pull a tire off the rim.

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Old 11-22-2017, 10:43 PM   #9
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The pick n pull I found was radial so someone replaced it at one point. Firestone as I recall. 4 lugs are difficult to find. 5 lug is far more common.



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I'm just curious, but if you took the time to go to a yard why not just get a full size factory rim/wheel? will they not fit into the trunk like the factory doughnut spare?

Also, I like OldNuc's idea, even if you get a full size spare air it down but not all the way.

Those bike cartridges won't bead a car tire on the rim I wouldn't think, but then again when I had my road bicycle "back in the day" it ran on 110 lbs. pressure each tire (Yes, one hundred and ten pounds, Chromoly pre-suspension, carbon fiber bikes era), so maybe the newer road bike air kits could.

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If you have 5-10psi in the tire it will stay seated on the rim. Normal pressure required on the will-pop spare is 60psi max and normal both. It is hot in the trunk so that spare is either overinflated when hot or under inflated when stored so it is not being stored potentially over inflated. The CO@ inflator is low flow volume but high pressure source. Will take probably 2 pre-warmed CO2 cylinders to fully inflate from 10psi.

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