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Types of spare tires

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Person grabbing the center of a spare tire.

Learn more about the ins and outs of spare tires.

Understanding the different spare tire options – including whether or not your vehicle even has a spare – helps prepare you before you’re on the side of the road. 

If you have a spare tire or inflation device, our experts can help make sure it’s suitable for your vehicle. Don’t forget to inspect your spare when you get replacement tires and when performing monthly air pressure inspections.

Types of spare tires and inflation devices:

  • Full-size spare — requires the greatest amount of storage space and is the most versatile
  • Temporary full-size spare — lighter-weight construction and a shallower tread depth to reduce vehicle weight and make the spare easier to install
  • Temporary mini-spare (donut) — smaller than other full-size tires with low speed rating; limited-distance tire; not intended for highway use
  • Vehicle manufacturer provided inflation kit* — fills the tire with substance to temporarily allow the flat tire to be used



 *Consult your owner’s manual for spare tire information specific to your vehicle.

Ask a Quick Lane® Tire Pro for help inspecting or selecting a spare for your vehicle.

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