Where Are Spare Tires Located?

Where Are Spare Tires Located? (Unveiling Hidden Auto Secrets!)

Hello there, fellow traveler! Do you ever feel like a confused adventurer, searching for hidden treasure in your own vehicle? I certainly have, especially when it comes to finding where spare tires are located. It might seem like a simple task, yet it can make us feel like we’re trying to solve an unsolvable riddle. But worry no more!

This article is going to be your treasure map, guiding you right to that spare tire. Together, we’ll transform this perplexing journey into a victorious quest. So, are you ready to discover your car’s best kept secret and conquer the roads without fear? I know I am! Let’s embark on this adventure together!

Where are Spare Tires Located?

In most cars, the spare tire, also known as the ‘backup’ or ’emergency’ tire, is usually stored in a specific spot. This placement varies depending on the car’s design and the manufacturer’s preference.

As you might have guessed, the positioning of this essential item isn’t just random. It is strategically located in places that allow for easy and quick access during emergencies. In my experience, these locations are often under the trunk’s floor mat, under the car itself, or even on the exterior of larger vehicles like SUVs and trucks. Remember, the goal is to ensure the spare tire is secure yet readily available when you need it.

Location of Spare Tires in Different Car Models

Let’s delve deeper into the whereabouts of spare tires in some popular car models. You’ll notice that while there is a standard design, the exact location can vary.

Spare Tire Location in Toyota Corolla

Good news for Toyota Corolla owners. In most of these models, the spare tire is comfortably placed in the trunk, underneath the trunk’s floor mat. So, if you need to replace a flat tire, you simply lift the mat, and there it is!

Where to Find the Spare Tire in a Honda Civic & Accord

For Honda Civic and Accord owners, the spare tire is also tucked away under the trunk’s floor mat. I’ve found that it’s quite easy to retrieve, making it convenient in a pinch. Remember to check if it’s there and in good condition before you hit the road.

Dodge Ram 1500 Spare Tire Location

For those with a Dodge Ram 1500, your spare tire isn’t in the trunk but rather mounted under the truck’s bed. It’s a bit of a different setup, but it’s still pretty accessible when you need it.

Location of the Spare Tire in Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4 owners, your spare tire is located externally, on the rear door. While this might seem strange if you’re used to it being in the trunk, it actually makes for easier access and more trunk space. I think it’s a pretty clever design!

Finding the Spare Tire in a Mini Cooper

Now, if you own a Mini Cooper, don’t be alarmed if you don’t find a spare tire in the trunk. Most Mini Cooper models come with run-flat tires, which means a spare tire isn’t provided. However, you can always get a spare tire kit from a vendor if you feel more secure having one.

Changing a Flat Tire with a Spare

Alright, now that we know where to find our spare tires let’s talk about how to use them. Changing a tire can seem daunting, but with the right steps, it can be quite manageable.

How to Remove a Spare Tire

First things first, you need to remove the spare tire. If it’s in the trunk, you simply lift the mat and take it out. If it’s under your truck, you’ll need to use your truck’s tire removal tools (usually a wrench and a rod). If your spare tire’s on your RAV4’s rear door, simply unlock the bolt and slide it off. Easy peasy, right?

Steps to Change a Flat Tire with a Spare

Now, onto the actual tire changing process. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide for you:
1. Find a safe and level ground to park your car.
2. Apply the parking brake and put the car in ‘Park’ mode (for automatic transmissions) or in gear (for manual transmissions).
3. Remove the hubcap using the flat end of your lug wrench and loosen the lug nuts.
4. Use the jack to lift your vehicle off the ground.
5. Completely remove the lug nuts and then the flat tire.
6. Mount the spare tire and hand-tighten the lug nuts as much as possible.
7. Lower the car using the jack, and then tighten the lug nuts again using the wrench.
8. Replace the hubcap, and voila, you’re done!


Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s look at some frequently asked questions about spare tires.

Is the Spare Tire a Donut or a Full Tire?

Great question! Spare tires can be either a ‘donut’ or a full-sized tire. A ‘donut’ or compact spare tire is smaller and lighter than regular tires, making it easier to handle but limiting its driving distance and speed. A full-sized spare tire, on the other hand, allows for normal driving but can be heavier and affect gas mileage, especially in smaller vehicles. In most cases, the type of spare tire provided depends on the manufacturer and the vehicle model.

Do Cars Come with Spare Tires Now?

Well, not all new cars come with a spare tire. Based on the data I have, about 30% of new vehicles do not include a spare tire. Some automakers are opting to remove them to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel efficiency. Instead, they provide solutions like run-flat tires or tire repair kits. However, some top-selling models like the Ford F-150, Toyota RAV4, and Toyota Camry still come with a spare tire.

By the end of this article, I hope you now know where to find your spare tire and how to use it. Remember, it’s always a good idea to regularly check your spare tire for any issues and keep it well-maintained. Drive safe!