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Thread: Check the pressure in your spare!

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    Default Check the pressure in your spare!

    I'm an avid tyre-pressure checker, but never bothered to check the spare. Too much effort. Today I did, and it was down at 24psi. I've driven 60,000kms and still haven't had a flat... but at least now I know my spare isn't flat!

    Of course, don't do what I did, and drop the valve cap between the wheel spokes. It's a pain in the arse to have to take the whole wheel out just to get the little cap...

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    good thinkin dan, i try to check mine every two or three times i check the mains....its better than findin out its flat when you need it!
    Gone but not forgotten

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    Or you can buy an new E60 or E90 in Oz and you don't get a spare, only run flat tyres.
    How much crazier can BMW get ?


    "I'm not the village idiot.
    But when he retires I'm next on the list."

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    I press on the sidewall of the spare every once in a while usually when I vacuum the trunk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuk in Oz
    Or you can buy an new E60 or E90 in Oz and you don't get a spare, only run flat tyres.
    How much crazier can BMW get ?
    You also don't get a dipstick.

    Oh, and then there's the timed obsolescence on the car's entire electrical system.

    And then there're the service intervals designed to get the car through the warranty period, before it breaks forever.

    I think I'll keep my E34

    best, whit

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    The no-spare idea isn't actually that bad. I heard somewhere that the average driver gets a flat something like every 150,000km. A spare wheel takes up a lot of space and weight, and the run-flat technology is getting a lot better.

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    er the non dipstick tech is kinda crappy now

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    I got 4 flats last year in my japper with good tires!
    Zero so far in the bmw.
    89 535 272,000km auto Euro

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan in NZ
    The no-spare idea isn't actually that bad. I heard somewhere that the average driver gets a flat something like every 150,000km. A spare wheel takes up a lot of space and weight, and the run-flat technology is getting a lot better.
    Thanks! I'll keep my spare.

    Ralph Mendoza Jr. - Long Beach, CA

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    I wouldn't mind a run-flat. No need to change the tire! Just keep on driving...

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