Figuring out what comes with your car can be tricky sometimes. Do you have a Ford Fusion and don't know whether it includes a spare tire, and if it does, where to find it? Well, we've done plenty of research and have the answers waiting for you. Let's check it out.
Ford Fusions will include a spare tire or tire repair kit. For example, the 2019 Fusion Hybrid will come with a spare tire, which you can find under the floor in your trunk. On the other hand, a 2020 Ford Fusion won't include a spare but instead an emergency tire inflator and patch kit, so every model year is different.
As we begin, we will cover all things Ford Fusion and discuss the many features of this lineup. Whether this is your first Fusion or your fifth, we're here to offer as much help as we can. With that said, let's jump right into this post!
Do All Ford Fusions Come With A Spare Tire?
Unfortunately, not all Ford Fusion's will come with a spare tire. Especially in their newer vehicles, you can expect to see a tire inflator or repair kit, which you can use to temporarily patch a hole in your tire.
Like we said above, the 2019 Fusion Hybrid does offer a spare, while the newest 2020 model doesn't, so it's possible your car won't have one either. That said, you can purchase a spare tire directly from Ford with your new Fusion if yours doesn't include one, so that's an idea to consider.
When Did Cars Stop Having Spare Tires?
Many carmakers have stopped including spare tires in their vehicles because they impact gas mileage. Although frustrating for many drivers, not having a spare tire in your car can ease the weight it's holding, in turn giving you more mileage per gallon of gas.
Considering a spare weighs between 40 and 50 pounds, car brands figure that better mileage is worth removing the spare and replacing it with an inflator or patching kit.
How Do You Put The Spare Back In A Ford Fusion?
For those needing to put the spare back into their Fusion, this won't be too hard. To start:
- Unlock your Fusion and pop open its trunk.
- Locate the pull tab on your trunk's floor.
- Lift the floor to expose your tire's storage area.
- Grab your jack/repair kit and place it down into the tire storage space.
- Carefully lift your spare, place it on top of the jack/tool kit, pull down the floor, and you're set!
One thing to note, this applies to 2012-2019 Fusions, as the newer 2020 models won't offer an included spare tire/floor storage area.
Ford Fusion Spare Tire Storage Tutorial
Here is a helpful tutorial from DIY Pinto's official ">YouTube channel. In this video, they go over how to put your Fusion's spare tire back into its storage space and cover where you can place your jack/repair kit.
Can You Put A Spare Tire On A Ford Fusion Hybrid?
For those driving a Ford Fusion Hybrid, you can certainly put a spare tire on your car. Like we mentioned earlier, not all Fusions will include a spare, although certain hybrid models will, so it's a good idea to check the trunk of your vehicle before purchasing an extra tire.
That said, if you can't find a spare tire, we recommend either buying one directly from Ford or through a verified third-party seller so you know it won't damage your Fusion.
What Size Tires Come On A Ford Fusion?
Although this varies depending on the rims of your car, a Ford Fusions tires will typically be either 215-60-16, 225-50-17, or 235-45-18. These go up from the standard 16-inch rims to 18 inches, so every vehicle will be slightly different.
With that said, a spare tire won't need to measure the same as your regular tires (and usually won't), so if it's slightly different, you should be okay.
Can Any Spare Tire Fit On Any Car?
No, you can't usually use any size spare tire on your car. Most often, you will need to find a spare with similar dimensions to your regular tires, so you will be able to drive safely in case of a flat.
Many professionals recommend using the same make and model tires you regularly drive with for your spare, although this isn't always fuel-efficient. Regular tires tend to weigh 10-20 pounds more than spares, which is why many choose lighter, cheaper options.
What Is A Donut Spare Tire?
A donut spare tire is essentially a lighter, smaller tire you can use in an emergency. Donut tires are better for small vehicles lacking storage space and can help preserve gas mileage during everyday driving.
That said, using a donut tire shouldn't be for more than a day or so, as they aren't made for long-term use. The point of these is to get your car home or to the repair shop after a flat, so we don't recommend keeping one on too long.
What To Do If You Get A Flat Tire And Don't Have A Spare?
If you ever find yourself with a flat tire and don't have a spare, there are ways to keep your car drivable. According to Nationwide, you want to:
- Use a tire repair or patch kit
- Purchase/use a run-flat tire
- Contact emergency roadside assistance
Of course, if you don't feel comfortable changing out your tire or the weather is bad, calling your insurance or a tow truck is always a good idea.
How Do You Patch A Punctured Tire?
When it comes to patching a punctured tire, this shouldn't be too difficult. To start:
- Find the tire with damage and remove any debris from it.
- Keeping your tire on its rim, use a lubricant around the puncture.
- Insert your repair/patch tool into the tire.
- Remove the tool, leaving its plug inside the hole.
- Trim the end of the tire plug, making it as level to your tire as possible.
Something to note, if your repair kit has a slightly different application process, you may need to remove your tire from its rim, but for the most part, you won't have to do this.
What Brand Of Tire Does Ford Use?
Ford vehicles typically use either Michelin or Goodyear tires. Although you don't have to stick with these brands if you drive a Ford, Michelin and Goodyear tend to be better tire options overall.
That said, Ford uses plenty of approved tire brands for their lineup, whether you have a Fusion or not, which you can check out here.
How Long Do Ford Fusion Tires Last?
If you have Ford's Michelin or Goodyear factory tires, expect them to last about five to ten years. Although everyone is different, Ford Fusion tires should last you a while with good maintenance and driving habits.
Of course, if you do hit a nail or drive over something sharp, there is a chance you'll need to buy a new tire, so no brand is immune to becoming damaged.
Does My Car Need A Spare Tire?
Generally, it is good to have a spare tire available if something happens. Although they can add weight to your vehicle, knowing you can get your car driving again after a flat tire is always comforting.
That said, if your vehicle has a repair kit that you prefer to use over replacing its tire, this should be sufficient enough to get you home or to the shop. Regardless, you want to get a new full-size tire on your car before driving long distances or on the highway, even if you have a spare.
How Much Does A Spare Tire Cost?
A spare tire can cost anywhere from $50 to over $300, so this can be an expensive purchase. Of your options, donut spare tires will be the cheapest, although they won't be good for more than a day or two.
You can also try purchasing a spare directly from your dealer, but this can still be around $100, so make sure to ask them what your options are.
To Wrap It Up
Whether you're new to the Ford Fusion lineup or have been driving yours a while, it's important to know what comes with your vehicle. From what we found, some Fusions will include a spare tire in the trunk, while many newer models offer a repair kit instead.
When it comes to finding your spare, you want to lift the floor of your trunk, which is where Ford keeps their extra tire and kit. For Fusions without a spare tire, Ford offers approved options that you can purchase in case of an emergency, so that's something to keep in mind.
Regardless, make sure to call roadside assistance if you aren't comfortable repairing your tire, and don't forget to check your trunk before buying a spare.
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