Public service announcement: check your spare tires!
Having just bought this car, I decided to check the spare tire in the trunk. The first time I checked it in the Bonneville, it was at about 15 psi.
Put the air hose on the GP'* spare... a whopping zero PSI. Yup, zero. It wouldn't even refill without hissing back at me. Fortunately, a nearby tire shop patched it and refilled it for free in a manner of minutes, and even fixed the rim that was a little dinged.
Lesson to learn, ladies and gentlemen: check your spare tires every time you change your clocks and replace your smoke alarm batteries. After all, the next road you drive may have a rusty screw laying in it.
__________________ 2007 Pontiac G5
1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GT - Stock engine ate transmission.
1997 Pontiac Bonneville SE - Cammed engine ate transmission.
Ya Thanks! Good Thread...
I have never looked at my Park Ave'* spare since I bought it a year ago.
This thread motivated me for an inspection today.
I needed 10 psi to fill to the 60 psi that the Firestone tire stated.
I would not want to use the compact spare for long, car would have quite the lean being smaller.
No Valve Cap & Found The Car'* Paint Code Sticker ! (cool)
The spare is intentionally a reduced-size one, so I'm told that it should always go on the rear of the car — meaning a double switch if you pop a front tire. Otherwise, it can mess with your anti-lock and traction control.
Like your owner'* manual says, don't drive it under inflated, over 55 mph, or for longer than 1,000 miles.
That makes total sense. Never thought of not using compact spare on front.
I don't remember any warning in owner'* manual, but then I don't think I have Traction Control. I would sure hate to do a double swap in rain or snow..
I carry a compressor & plug/glue kit too.
I hate changing tires unless completely necessary.