FWIW - I've had my Ram since Sept 2006 (bought new) and it's logged over 184,000 miles and not one flat. I define a flat as a tire that has deflated completelely for whatever reason (puncture, pothole hit, bent rim, etc). I did have some leaks that were repaired - picked up a nail or two, but they were slow leaks and easily repaired. But I don't consider them "flats" as the tire never deflated completelely. I never lowered the spare - it has zero miles on it.GasAxe said:Yup, nails, screws or other bits of steel account for the majority of my flat tires. Pot holes cutting the sidewall or breaking belts account for the rest. In the 15 months I've had my Ram I've had three flats. No problem with the OEM jack.
The last time I remember having a flat I had a 1979 Monza and my oldest daughter (now 27) was about 18 months old. Driving down the road the right rear suddenly went down. The Monza was originally equipped with a inflatable donut and "fix-a-flat" type canister to inflate it. But I had replaced it with a full size spare so I was up and running within 15-20 minutes. I had found out the hard way in another incident , over time, the canister failed and it had never been used. In that incident I was 1 mile from home when I had a flat. Nothing more frustrating than finding out you can't inflate the donut! Ended up walking home. Ever since then I made sure to have full size spares! I really don't like donuts. The full size spare in the Monza (mine was a notchback) made it tight in the trunk - I could see why GM went with a space saver spare.
The last time my wife had a flat was about 10+ years ago when she was working in northern VA (we live east of Fredericksburg). As she got on I-95 heading home there was some rough pavement and one of the rear tires more or less blew out. Fortunately the state run highway safety patrol came along as she was calling AAA and changed the tire for her.
Spares are like insurance. Hopefully you won't need it, but you sure are glad you have a spare if you do have a flat.
dak4x4 - I hear ya. The spare on my Ram is mounted on a black plain jane steel wheel. The rest of them are alloy rims. If I had thought about it when I bought the truck I would have had the dealer mount the spare on a matching wheel.
Another FWIW - most of the flats I do see in this area (DC metro), the tire is so shreaded it will have to be replaced. Fix-a-Flat ain't fixing it.