Please update your browser for better security, speed and the best experience on this site. Thank you.

Visit our locations page to view updated hours for your local store.

It’s smart to keep a spare tire in your car, as this ensures you are prepared for any situation. With a spare tire on hand, you can swap out a flat and get to the closest Jiffy Lube. But some familiar and common tire issues can affect spare tires just like they affect the tires you are actively using. And with spare tires, there’s the extra concern of them sitting in storage and out of mind for years. 

Tire Inflation

One of the most common tire issues with spares is tire pressure. Compact spare tires will usually have an ideal inflation of about 60 psi (pounds per square inch). Keep in mind that this is different from the ideal pressure for your regular, full-size tire. 

The issue is that your tires lose pressure over time. This happens as the air permeates the rubber. Unfortunately, underinflated tires don’t handle as well. And if they are severely underinflated, they won’t be able to carry as much weight as a fully inflated tire would. 

Tire pressure is a concern for all tires on your car, but you (hopefully) check your tire pressure on the active tires at least once a month. And your mechanic will check the pressure during rotations and other routine maintenance. But you aren’t likely to check the pressure of your spare, and there’s no guarantee your mechanic will do so either. 

What to Do to Avoid the Problem

The best way to avoid this one of the common tire issues is to check the pressure of your spare twice a year at a minimum. You can also ask your mechanic to do so for you. 

Extra Concerns for Exterior-Mounted Spares

While inflation is the biggest of the common tire issues for spares in general, there are some extra concerns if your spare is mounted on the exterior of your car. This is especially common on trucks and SUVs. 

The biggest issue here is that the tire will be exposed to water, snow, salt, dirt, and other substances. This can lead to corrosion. You may find it harder to remove the spare tire or even install it, depending on the damage. 

What to Do to Avoid the Problem

Avoiding this one of the common tire issues is as simple as regularly checking your spare. Be sure to clean and lubricate the tire and its mountings if necessary. 

Other Practical Issues

It’s also worth thinking about how accessible your spare tire is. Is it in the trunk buried under a lot of stuff you haul everywhere? And what will you do with your full-size tire when you change it? It likely won’t fit in the spot the spare was in. Keep a bag or blanket that can get dirty in your car so you have something to protect your car from the dirt on your old tire when you install the spare. 

Let Jiffy Lube Handle Your Tires

Whether you have issues with your spare tire or the tires that are actively in use, Jiffy Lube is here to help. We offer a variety of tire-related services, from inspections to rotations to changing your tires. Visit a Jiffy Lube branch near you today.