fbelec beat me to it, but my car has a posi rear... so no option to use a space saver.I ordered a space-saver spare with my 2022 Escape. It's an option. Very reasonably priced, too, as an option. Someone on the Escape forum had his dealer price out the components to add it. Much more expensive.
The inflator is pretty nice. I used it at the drag strip when I had my SRT8 Challenger and aired down the tires. Then I kept it when I sold the car and used it at autocross events in future vehicles till it finally died many years later.My car doesn't even have that. In the big styrofoam case under the trunk floor, where you'd normally stow a spare, SRT placed an electric air pump and a fancy can of fix-a-flat.
At least you got run flats. My wife's car came with a plug kit and an air pump. They didn't even include a little note to say "good luck!"At least you have a spare tire. My new MINI came with run flats.
If you have a 'square' set up... all road tires the same size... you could always take the 'long way around'. Replace the rear flat with a good tire from the front, then put the space saver in that spot on the front. Definitely not fun, but if you're stranded in the middle of the Sahara or something...!!fbelec beat me to it, but my car has a posi rear... so no option to use a space saver.
That and you don’t have to deal with shops backed up for days or weeks when winter comes. Just change them whenever you want. And for free.I have summer/winter wheels for both of our daily drivers, so I get to swap them every 6 months or so. The benefit is I don't have to worry about overtightening (as I do it myself) or the lugnut rusting on (as they are removed so often).
I am of the same opinion, for my daily drivers I always try to keep them for at least six years and buy spare steel wheels for winter use. It means I can delay swapping over to snow tires compared to waiting in line at a gas station. I do admit it took me a bit longer to swap out my tires last winter as I was on crutches with one leg in walking cast healing up from surgery. It took me bit longer but still a lot less hassle.That and you don’t have to deal with shops backed up for days or weeks when winter comes. Just change them whenever you want. And for free.
Ex VW-Audi dealer tech here from the 80’s.I had VW/Audi from 1983 - 2015. They use bolts. They sell a stud you can screw in to make it easier to get wheels started.
They were our nearest competing dealer. My wife did dealer swaps for them, I was at Pocono. Before that it was Weiss VW. 3 years in the shop, then became their Service Advisor, more like Assistant Service Manager with a new title.My '87 GTI 16v was from Young VW in Easton. Had it over 9 years, 175,000 miles. Great car.
Knock off wheels were used on some C2 Corvettes - 1963 to 1967 - and had been in use on English vehicles for a while already in 1963.Therefore they invented a large single bolt system specially designed to hold Aluminum wheels on securely!
HiI took a few ASE certification courses and there is no rule about re-torqueing lugs every 100 miles. How would any service station be able to do that? The currently accepted practice is to use an impact gun with more torque output than required and use a torque limiting lug socket.