What is the Difference Between a Compact Temporary and a Full-Size Spare Tire?

Your vehicle should be equipped with a spare tire, so that you’re not stranded when you have a flat. If you’re driving a passenger car, it may have a donut or a full-size spare. A donut, or a compact tire, is only meant to be a temporary fix in order to get you off the side of the road and to the nearest service station. A full-size spare is a normal-size tire.

If your spare is a donut, then you’ll notice that it is much smaller than a regular tire. Its tread isn’t as deep as a normal tire, and it needs a higher PSI to fill it. You also need to use care when driving a compact tire; it’s not designed to travel at fast speeds. Compact tires cannot sustain larger vehicles, such as SUVs and pickup trucks.

When you’re in Puyallup, WA, come by Korum Hyundai and speak with one of our auto parts technicians. We’ll be happy to talk with you about the best spare for your vehicle.

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