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Old 09-02-2013, 12:16 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I'm on my 4th Jeep but my first Wrangler so I'm still getting used to some of this stuff, like the spare tire on the tailgate. I got a flat tire while driving the other night and when I went to put the spare on I found it had no air in it. I was told by the guy at the tire shop that they do that to keep the weight down on the tailgate so it doesn't bend the pins. Is this true or is it better to let the spare fully inflated...

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I don't know the "they" that he was referring to, but he's definitely not referring to anyone that knows what the spare tire is used for. It's not a decoration! Welcome to the Forum!

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Hi everyone, I'm on my 4th Jeep but my first Wrangler so I'm still getting used to some of this stuff, like the spare tire on the tailgate. I got a flat tire while driving the other night and when I went to put the spare on I found it had no air in it. I was told by the guy at the tire shop that they do that to keep the weight down on the tailgate so it doesn't bend the pins. Is this true or is it better to let the spare fully inflated...
Well air is heavy these days. Welcome. Sorry to hear you had to use your spare already, which didn't sound like it went very smoothly.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:18 PM   #5
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The AIR was too heavy?

Sorry, not laughing at you, it's just hilarious some of the things guys at repair shops try to pull over on people.

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Old 09-02-2013, 06:51 PM   #6
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A few months ago, I had two wheels replaced on my other vehicle because of a minor accident. The repair shop was reputable, but not the dealership where I bought the car. They discovered that the air pressure sensor was damaged in one of the wheels, so they replaced it. When they were done, the dashboard air pressure light was on. Instead of telling me that I needed to take it to the dealership to have them reset the computer, they told me that they set the air pressure to the tire specification instead of the car recommendation because it was "safer" and my tire pressure light would stay on, but just to ignore it. I thought they were full of crap, but I just went back and looked it up on the internet. The tire manufacturer website said to "always use the specification stated on the car data plate". With more research I found out that if you change a tire the light will reset itself, but if you change one of the sensors you have to have the dealership reset the system. It can't be just reset by disconnecting the battery. I guess if people don't know the real answer, they just make stuff up.

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Old 09-02-2013, 07:52 PM   #7
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Thanks for the welcomes and the answers. I figured it would be kind of dumb to have a spare with no air in it. Really liking the wrangler community...
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:04 PM   #8
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So, you should fill it with helium?
I wonder what they think a spare is for?
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Thanks guys...I could probably spend the whole day on here just checking out these posts...seems like a lot of knowledge on here
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:38 PM   #12
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Thanks guys...I could probably spend the whole day on here just checking out these posts...seems like a lot of knowledge on here
That's for sure, even if I'm doing something that I think is easy, I check this forum to see if anyone has any tips or ran into any issues. I usually find exactly what I'm looking for.
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