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I had a little reminder this morning as to why I need to get a spare. Went out to the Antara only to find the rear passenger side tyre flat, a quick look revealed a small screw embedded in the tyre !!
......probably courtesy of the recycle centre I had visited over the weekend!!.Tyre gauge revealed 14psi in the tyre, thankfully I got it to inflate and hold pressure for the short journey to the tyre fitters without using the gunk..........screw was almost centre so a puncture repair carried leaving me £21.00 lighter !!Defo time to look for a spare!!
 

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You will be shocked at the price for a spare 16" steel wheel, tyre and jack, it will set you back some £250 and that's just for a get you home or to a repair centre
 

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Just join the RAC, wife pays £86 per year for their full top cover. If you get a puncture they come out to assist you- fix it or take you to where you want to go (your original destination, back home or tyre garage etc).

It really is a superb service. They came out to the megane, it needed two new ignition coils. The guy didn't have the right ones on the van so he drove into nearest town (20 mile round trip) to get them, came back & fitted them. All we had to pay for was the coils AND they were cheaper than I could have bought them for!!
 

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Just get the recovery service out to take you to the garage, as i am lead tobelieve once you put that stuff in yourTyreis wasted
 

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Iam a member of the RAC so no problems there. The concern I have is we go into the hills / mountains a lot whether it be mountain biking or hill walking. You are not always guaranteed a signal on your phone so the last thing I want is to be stuck somewhere remote in poor weather.
Wilma I would only use the gunk as a very last resort.
 

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Off Road Doc said:
I had a little reminder this morning as to why I need to get a spare. Went out to the Antara only to find the rear passenger side tyre flat, a quick look revealed a small screw embedded in the tyre !!
......probably courtesy of the recycle centre I had visited over the weekend!!.Tyre gauge revealed 14psi in the tyre, thankfully I got it to inflate and hold pressure for the short journey to the tyre fitters without using the gunk..........screw was almost centre so a puncture repair carried leaving me £21.00 lighter !!Defo time to look for a spare!!

Hi Doc, the man to ask about a spare is your near neighbour Inchindown.


I am sure that he bought this wheel and stuck a tyre called a "Falcon" or something like that on it.


http://www.vauxhallsuperstore.co.uk/product/Antara_16%22_Steel_Wheel%2C_6.5J_X_16_VX-96838162


Inchy even manged to get the wheel and tyre to fit under the boot floor.
 

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Antarius said:
Off Road Doc said:
I had a little reminder this morning as to why I need to get a spare. Went out to the Antara only to find the rear passenger side tyre flat, a quick look revealed a small screw embedded in the tyre !!
......probably courtesy of the recycle centre I had visited over the weekend!!.Tyre gauge revealed 14psi in the tyre, thankfully I got it to inflate and hold pressure for the short journey to the tyre fitters without using the gunk..........screw was almost centre so a puncture repair carried leaving me £21.00 lighter !!Defo time to look for a spare!!

Hi Doc, the man to ask about a spare is your near neighbour Inchindown.


I am sure that he bought this wheel and stuck a tyre called a "Falcon" or something like that on it.


http://www.vauxhallsuperstore.co.uk/product/Antara_16%22_Steel_Wheel%2C_6.5J_X_16_VX-96838162


Inchy even manged to get the wheel and tyre to fit under the boot floor.
This is what a full size 16" steel wheel looks like when fitted with a Falken 215/70/R16 tyre. This is the tyre and wheel size recommended by VX for use as wintertyres, so ithas the right diameter which matches the rest of your wheels.

This is what I bought as spare for the Antara. £150 for both from my VX dealer. Couldn't really see the point of splashing out on a 19 inch alloy and tyre. After all it's only a spare wheel. Remember you will also need to get a jack, a set of steel wheel nuts and the clamp screw to secure the wheel in place under the floor.

It fits perfectly under the floor and doesn't interfere with the boot lid like the full size alloys can do.

 

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Hi Inchindown,

Thanks for posting your experiences about purchasing a spare? I did exactly the same thing and for the same reasons? However your post got me thinking, I got the same type of steel wheel and tyre, clamp screw, jack and a rather large plastic insert that goes over the spare but doesn't allow you to fully close the floor lid? So you can't use it? Weird or what? (similar to what holds the repair kit in place but in reverse)

Anyway, after reading your post I checked and guess what, no steel wheel nuts making the spare un-useable I've been driving around for 3 weeks and didn't realise
So back to the dealership, blah blah, set of steel wheel nuts are now on order


As it was a nice day yesterday I decided to give the Antara it's first good clean and found a small chip in one of the alloy wheels
another job for the dealership to sort out? Then whist cleaning the windscreen I noticed on the tax disc it stated Disabled and zero cost? I dug out the registration papers and found out the dealership had registered my Antara for a disabled person
The dealership will now have to re-register it correctly


Maybe buying a 13 plate registered Antara was a little bit risky
 

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Well what did I say lol
Na it's the dealership that are lax and you Mr Policeman You Mr Policeman should let them know that they have committed an offence in letting you drive a 13 plate under false pretences (I think) lol
Once it's registered it is hard to change it plus you will have to let the insurance know , I think.
 

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Hmmmm, I must admit for a big dealership that they sure make a load of mistakes, I did ask the sales guy if is this a regular thing having all these mishaps happening to one person, nah he replied it must just be you


As for the disabled bit, maybe I am, have been called loads of things/names over the years in my line of work
Anyway the dealership will have to take my docs to the local licencing office and get them changed, although I wouldn't mind not playing for road tax


I do have one bit of good news, NO SPEEDING TICKET
 

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Hi Inchindown,

Thanks for posting your experiences about purchasing a spare? I did exactly the same thing and for the same reasons? However your post got me thinking, I got the same type of steel wheel and tyre, clamp screw, jack and a rather large plastic insert that goes over the spare but doesn't allow you to fully close the floor lid? So you can't use it? Weird or what? (similar to what holds the repair kit in place but in reverse)

Anyway, after reading your post I checked and guess what, no steel wheel nuts making the spare un-useable I've been driving around for 3 weeks and didn't realise
So back to the dealership, blah blah, set of steel wheel nuts are now on order


As it was a nice day yesterday I decided to give the Antara it's first good clean and found a small chip in one of the alloy wheels
another job for the dealership to sort out? Then whist cleaning the windscreen I noticed on the tax disc it stated Disabled and zero cost? I dug out the registration papers and found out the dealership had registered my Antara for a disabled person
The dealership will now have to re-register it correctly


Maybe buying a 13 plate registered Antara was a little bit risky
I didn't bother with the foam insert, as it seemed to me to be meant for the spacesaver wheel. That is narrower and it looked to me as if it might interfere with closing the boot floor with a full size steel wheel. From what you say, I made the right choice.
 

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Thanks for that, wasn't looking forward to attending a drivers awareness course and paying £92 for the privilege of being told what a naughty boy I've been, especially in my line of work
 

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Doghandler said:
Thanks for that, wasn't looking forward to attending a drivers awareness course and paying £92 for the privilege of being told what a naughty boy I've been, especially in my line of work
Now dog man no matter what line of work we are in or used to be in we can and will be naughty

I am glad you never got the ticket but you might have not got one because of your profession your in

Na only kidding, that was really good news but how did you know
 

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The ticket should arrive within 10 working days, usually it lands on your doorstep well before then?

Because everything is computerised and automated once you're caught, you're caught
My wife who is a retired magistrate got caught last year and had do the driving awareness course so she didn't get any points on her licence


SPEED CAMERAS AIN'T CHOOSY THEY WILL NICK ANYONE REGARDLESS OF PROFESSION
 

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The ticket should arrive within 10 working days, usually it lands on your doorstep well before then?

Because everything is computerised and automated once you're caught, you're caught
My wife who is a retired magistrate got caught last year and had do the driving awareness course so she didn't get any points on her licence


SPEED CAMERAS AIN'T CHOOSY THEY WILL NICK ANYONE REGARDLESS OF PROFESSION
I was kidding about profession
 

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I know you was, as well as being a dog handler I'm thick skinned so can't be offended


Just trying to make you feel a little guilty about your last post
 
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