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Bob Weber

Spare tires become obsolete with new technology

Spare tires become obsolete with new technology

Q: I recently purchased a 2015 Hyundai Elantra. This model did not come with a spare tire. A co-worker of mine purchased a 2014 Chevy Camaro. It too has no spare tire. They do provide this huge foam molding where the spare and jack would be. They give you this little motor and pump in there instead. The pump is a joke. In an emergency, do you really wish to wait for so-called roadside assistance? I thought that this equipment was mandatory on all cars. One is truly helpless without a spare and accessories. Do you agree?

— R.M., Park Forest, Ill.

A: We do not agree. Most flats today are the slow-leak type that you discover in the...