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Do you have a spare ??

Recently bought a newer Escape to replace my almost thirty year old PU. In reading through the manual I noticed it DIDN'T have a spare tire. Apparently that is a common thing on new and newer vehicles. It took me quite by surprise as I sure would have ripped up the rear carpet looking for it had I developed a flat. Is it just me that's surprised by this or have you gone for one and found it never came with one ??
Apparently they do it because no one seems to miss them, less cost to them to equip the vehicle with one and saves on weight ie gas mileage.

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Nobody misses them??? Really....... Although many don't change the tire on the side of the road, They get AAA to change it for them but they need the tire to have it changed. Or does everyone just have it towed for a flat???? What has happened to people, All become THAT lazy and entitled that they can't even change a tire?

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Funny because I just posted on the Equinox Forum that I hadn't had a flat tire in 25 years !
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That's crazy. It must be a cost/space thing imo.

I am not going to lie. Had my Taco for 5 years now and have not needed it once. I am sure if I go to use it most likely the bolt holding it in place under it is pretty rusty. It's almost like a waste.

When you need it you need it and have to have it.
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has to do with what size rim ford puts on the car, 18 inch rim and better gets a air pump with a pressurized bottle of tire sealant which when used makes to TPS no longer usable, so besides having to buy a tire one also has to replace the sensor. downside is if the tire fails to hold air after trying to use the kit, your calling for roadside help as you also don't have a jack

we have a 2015 escape se , it has a spare and kit as it has 17 inch rims .yet my 12 mustang came with 18, no spare but i was able to buy a spare tire kit from ford for it from american muscle . tire and rim, jack and lug wrench, TG it didn't have the oversized brakes which would have meant getting a special 18 inch alloy kit from a newer stang not a steel rim kit

mod make sure you don't lose that small funnel in the trunk, that's to help put in gas when you run out, thanks to fords NO gas cap tank filler.

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Havenít had to deal with an Escape but most if not all cars that are equipped with Ďrun-flatí tires do not have a spare tire. Havenít noticed one car/truck fitted with regular tires without a spare, but we now deal with 90-95% of vintage cars vs contemporary.
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I have a 2002 GMC Envoy with a spare (which I've never had to use) and 2012 GMC Acadia (for 2 years). It has a donut (under sized) spare that is still new... never used. I would feel kind of nervous and a little stupid if I had to call someone for a tow because of a flat. The Acadia has a weird location for the battery though. Under the rear passenger side floorboard. ???

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Full-sized spares, on matching wheels, on all daily/regularly driven vehicles.

Bonus: Do it that way and the spare isn't 'wasted', because you can include it in your regular tire rotations.

Have I ever needed 'em? Nope. Am I glad they're there? Yep.

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not all of the new escapes have run flat tires most are just standard tire model and brands

ford for one in it's infinite wisdom,makes the spare tire well to fit only the standard 17 inch spare tire, all the bigger rims 18 ,20 ,22 inch won't fit the wheel well so we get a 12 volt air pump that has a bottle of tire sealant , if the OP looks he will see the bottle also has a expiration use by date on it. if not used the white sealant inside becomes lumpy and unusable.
when it is used it also fills up the costly rim TPS sensor , bingo add some big dollars to the cost, cleaning the rim of the junk, replace the tps, tire ,program the new tps to car.

there are spare tire kits for them , but one must first be sure the rim in the kit fits over the caliper and studs match the rim. IE escape 12mm . mustang 14mm
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Good question. . . I just bought a new Ford Explorer. I'm not sure if there is a spare tire. Probably should take a look.

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