How to Put a Spare Tire Back in the Trunk

How to Put a Spare Tire Back in the Trunk (Easy Step-by-Step Guide)

Finding the perfect fit for a spare tire in your trunk can feel like solving a jigsaw puzzle. “Why’s it so challenging?” you may ask. Well, during my many adventures on the road, I’ve had my fair share of flat tires, and each time, I couldn’t help but get puzzled as I tried fitting the spare tire back in the trunk. It’s no walk in the park, you know. But guess what? I’ve cracked the code and now, the once perplexing task has become a cakewalk for me.

Now, it’s time to pass on the torch. I’m here to share with you the magic recipe to tuck that spare tire snugly into your trunk, no sweat! Remember, we’re in this together, you and I. We’ve all had those moments of frustration, but hey, every problem has a solution, right? Let’s dive into this journey, one step at a time, and by the end, we’ll be celebrating your new-found skill. Ready to get rolling?

Identifying Your Spare Tire’s Correct Position in the Truck

Before you start wrestling with your spare tire, it’s essential to identify its correct position in your trunk. You see, the position varies depending on your car’s model and the type of spare tire you have. Full-size spare tires, for instance, require the most storage space, while compact temporary ones are lighter and take up less room.

In my experience, most cars have special storage compartments under their trunks for spare tires. However, these locations have changed over time and may differ between car models. So, take a moment to check your car owner’s manual or do a quick Google search. Once you’ve identified the correct position, you’re ready to begin the process.

Necessary Tools for Placing Spare Tire in Trunk

Now, let’s talk about the tools you need. To change a tire, you’ll need a jack and a wrench. Specific tools like a lug wrench, impact wrench, and deep socket wrench could also come in handy. Don’t forget an ignition key and a jack kit if you’re dealing with a Chevy. Gather all these tools near the tire before you start. Trust me, having everything in place will save you a lot of hassle.

Step-by-Step Guide to Putting Spare Tire Back in Trunk

Now that we have everything in place, it’s time to put that spare tire back in the trunk. The process is pretty straightforward, but I’ll break it down for you in a step-by-step guide.

Precautions to Take When Handling Spare Tire

Firstly, always remember that safety comes first. When handling your spare tire, be cautious not to strain your back. If your spare is a full-size, keep in mind that it’s heavier than the compact temporary kind. Make sure to keep all your tools and the spare tire within reach. Never attempt to lift the tire if it’s too heavy for you.

How to Secure Spare Tire in Trunk: Ford Fusion Example

Now, let’s consider a specific example: securing a spare tire in a Ford Fusion trunk. After installing the spare tire, return it to the compartment and secure it firmly. You can use a screw or even turn it upside down with bungee cords.

Tips to Put Back Spare Tire in Trunk: Toyota Corolla Example

For a Toyota Corolla, after placing the tire in the compartment, remember to tighten the lug nuts in a clockwise direction if a visible valve stem exists. The car manufacturer also offers some useful car maintenance tips that can help.

Safety Measures When Storing Spare Tire in Trunk

Remember to store your jack and wheel wrench in their compartment in the trunk. And always, always make sure to periodically check and maintain your spare tires. Their average lifespan is about 10 years, according to Consumer Reports, but unused ones can go bad after 6 to 10 years. You wouldn’t want to be stuck with a flat spare in an emergency, would you?


Now let’s address some frequently asked questions about placing spare tires back in trunks.

How to Remove Spare Tire Without Tool?

While it’s always best to use the proper tools, sometimes you might find yourself without them. In such a case, you can loosen the lug nuts using your hands, although this might be quite challenging and time-consuming.

What Items Should Be On Before Starting to Change the Tires?

Before you start changing tires, make sure you have your spare tire, jack, wrench, and ideally, a set of gloves and a flashlight. These will come in handy, especially if you need to change a tire at night.

How Long Do Spare Tires Last? And Other Spare Tires Questions

As earlier mentioned, the average lifespan of a spare tire is about 10 years. However, factors such as how often you use it and the storage conditions may affect this. Spare tires are designed for short-term use and are a temporary fix to get you to the nearest auto shop or home. Always remember: it’s essential to check the pressure in the spare tire before driving on it.

And there you have it: a comprehensive guide on how to put a spare tire back in the trunk. Remember, like any other car maintenance task, practice makes perfect. So don’t feel discouraged if you don’t get it right the first time. With time, you’ll be handling that spare tire like a pro!