On Sun, 18 Dec 2011 22:49:33 -0500, Brian Matthews
Many cars, mostly smaller ones, no longer have a spare. While I share
your concerns about being stuck, I cannot recall the last time I
actually used a spare. I know I did not use the one on my '91 Regal
and have not used once since. So at least 20 years.
The dealer certainly can get one, but I'd try www.tirerack.com for
starters. Or you local tire store. They have the fancy ones on
display, but can usually get you the plain steel wheels too.
Would it hurt to drive the car a short distance with 1 steel wheel and
3 aluminum wheels? I would probably just want to buy a cheap used tire
for it, just something to make the car get home.
The 5 year 60k miles gives me the option to call Hyundai for any break
downs. But if a tire is flat, they would have to tow it. And that
could be a bad thing on the weekend or late at night.
I also haven't had a flat in many years. I think it was the late
'80's. But at least having a spare would save me an undrivable car.
Even if I just left the spare in the garage, I could always just get a
ride to pick it up or have Hyundai tow it to my house.
The 2012 Elantra comes with no spare at all, not even the old donut
spare. It has a can of Fix-A-Flat or some such product. Not a very
good option with a serious flat tire.
I think I'm going to have to talk to the dealer about this. If I can't
use the same lug nuts, I don't know what to do about it. Every car
I've ever owned has had either a full size spare or a donut. But to
have nothing but a can of Fix-A-Flat is crazy. Even within the 5 year,
60k mile warranty, a tow truck wouldn't be able to do anything but tow
the car, somewhere, until a new tire can be put on. That's if the tire
gets ruined. Yes, it hasn't happened to me in many years, but you just
never know when it could happen. I was thinking about this on Sunday
evening as we were driving home from Ohio at 7:00 P.M. We live about
150 miles away and we would have been stranded at some motel or
something, all because of a tire. Inexcusable.
You may want to check with the dealer to see if older
space saver wheels will fit. Or, as Ed P. said, check with a tire
dealer... e.g. Discount tire, etc.
You will also need jack, lug wrench, AND lug nuts for the spare
since the aluminum wheel lugs won't work.
I carry two cans of flat fix but it seems my car shreds a tire
every six months so I am glad I have a spare.
Curbs and large chunks of sharp metal are hard on tires.
"Brian Matthews" wrote in message
We've been driving our new 2012 Elantra for a couple of months now and
nottire. Is there anywhere I can buy a rim that would fit, if
needed? It doesn't need to be an alloy wheel like what's on the car,
does it? TY in advance for any/all help.
The problem you may face is where to store the full sized spare. I have
replaced the space saver in a few Hondas I have owned but found the space
for the regular sized spare not deep enough. And on the newer models I
wonder if there is any space. No problem running a steel wheel with your
alloys though. And, sadly, I have had quite a few flats over the years
where the tire was ruined -- and I needed a spare. Tip -- if you have just
had your roof replaced check frequently for roofing nails in you driveway.
Actually, there is a dug out place in the trunk where a donut rim/tire
<may> fit. I've heard some 2012 Elantra's have such a spare in Canada.
Maybe they have some law that requires a spare tire?
And I hear you about the roof. I must have picked up a dozen or so
after I had my roof done. Sure hope I got them all. : )
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