Do You Carry a Spare Tire and Tube All the Time?

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Do you carry a spare tire and/or tube when you fly?

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  1. Pilot Steve

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    Last weekend I had my second flat tire at KGSP, Greer, SC. The first time it went flat on the ramp at the FBO. The second time I had just taxied to the end of the 10,000 foot runway and turned for the hold short line and "flub-flub." I know the sound.

    So glad it went before takeoff. That would be an unpleasant landing surprise.

    After getting the plane towed the 8,000 feet back to the FBO the hunt started for a fix. It turns out the tire was fine and had a lot of tread on it. The tube had a split in one small spot. The hunt started for a replacement tube. No facility at the field carries GA parts. Luckily Greenville, SC has a few fields and I found one shop at another field that sold me a cheap tube.

    I will admit that my tires have become a situation where a tire was replaced here with what was on hand and a tube there. I've just decided to replace all my tires and tubes with something I want, but that's a different discussion.

    At my home field, one of the flight schools carries a spare tire and tube in all the planes. I'm curious if anyone here does the same thing.

    Have you had an away from home flat tire story you can share as well?
     
  2. Radar Contact

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    I replace the tires with high quality replacements when they need it. While not impossible for the tire itself to fail, I think the tube would be more likely. Maybe I’ll throw a couple in the wing locker one day?
     
  3. Let'sgoflying!

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    I caught something on a ramp while taxiing out on a Sunday at one of the most un-attended airports you can imagine. Thankfully there was an old geezer A+P there who was only too helpful! There were ways to taxi around me so I did it in place. I would not want to tow it as eventually the tire is going to stop protecting the wheel and then you will damage the rim.
    Anyway, the helpful geezer just provided me with a jack and air, maybe some tools - although I try to carry a full complement. Getting the airplane up was as hard as changing the tire/tube as I recall. I think I was delayed an hour; could easily have been much much worse.
     
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    I used to carry a tailwheel tire & tube, as they’re far less common in the wild.

    It got replaced every year or two...I told my mechanic that if somebody needed one to just take mine and order me a new one. Win-win all around.
     
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    I know that feeling. I once had to free a stuck starter by pounding the starter with a jack from a van at the second most unattended airport. LOL.
     
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    Are you going to carry a jack along with the spare tire and tube? And what are you going to do if you loose the nose wheel sitting on someone else's ramp?
     
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    Changing the tires on my plane doesn't require a jack. The nose gear can be raised by pulling down on the tail (you can use a tie down rope to hold it). The main you change by having two people lift up under the wing enough to throw a 4x4 or something similar under the gear leg. I've changed a tire parked on the grass next to the Oshkosh flightline.
     
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    Nope. I do carry a little compressor though
     
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    I can see an extra tube, tires usually don’t just fail unexpectedly unless you have a real bad landing. The problem is you could go years before you need it, but it could save you a few days waiting on a shipment.
     
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    Tires should be replaced when the first sign of cracking, or low tread, or age as tires dry out. Pretty important preventive maintenance. A lot of pilots wait too long to replace fading batteries and old tires.

    If a tire is lost due to hard landing, a best practices is to have the aircraft properly inspected for gear and gear attach point fatigue. It's pretty rare FOD on the runway causes a good tire to be lost.
     
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    But if the tube fails while rolling, the tire can be severely damaged by the time you come to a stop.
     
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    My experience has been ample ways to remove and replace the tire, just no GA tubes or tires available.
     
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    Smart.
     
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    The tail-heavy trick works on the 182 as well for changing the front tire.
     
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    Only airplane I’ve ever flown with a spare tire is my Beech 18.

    Previous owner actually got a complete spare tailwheel with wheel, tire and tube and built a box in the nose baggage for it along with a jack, so if I ever needed to, I could change out the tailwheel on the spot.

    The whole thing weighs close to 50 lbs. Not too many airplanes have that kind of useful load to.....

    wait for it......

    Spare!
     
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    Oh heck yes, tubes only though, you can always borrow the few tools or a jack when needed, or buy from a local auto store, and I’ve yet to get a flat that also required a tire.
     
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    Hard landing you might want to call a AP
     
  18. Pilot Steve

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    I've had to do the local tool purchase at an auto parts store. You can always put together a cheap tool kit. I bought this one from Sporty's and it has saved me so much grief. https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/pilot-s-tool-kit.html
     
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    LOL
     
  20. flyingbrit

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    Carrying a spare tire and tube seems like way overkill. Most planes have different sizes for mains and nose/tail so you would need two tires and two tubes.
    If I ever get a flat away from home and a new tube is not readily available I would patch it with supplies available from the aviation department of any auto parts store. Put a new tube on when you get home if you are uneasy about the patch.
     
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    For sure, my only issue is the only jack that works for me is a floor jack and I’m not hauling one of those, a few basic open ended wrenches and some cotter pins, you bet.
     
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    This tool kit from CruzTools is a fantastic basic emergency set. I added a few items to mine like cotter pins, larger tire ties, a hex wrench for the radio release screw, 2 sets of mechanics latex gloves in a plastic bag, a standard phillips screwdriver. Whole thing rolls up nicely.
     
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    So you are in the middle of no where with a flat and a spare tube. How do you break the bead?
     
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    All of my wheels are split rims. No bead breaking required.
     
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    Lie it flat and stomp on it.

    The bigger issue can be inflating the tire. But typically the weak link in getting any of that done is almost always going to be the tube.
     
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    I carry a spare tube in the Cub, and I've fixed a flat with just a small pocket tool, lifting the wing and putting a block under the axle. It's usually not too hard to find a nearby air pump.
     
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    Never did
    Soon my landing gear will look like this and I will not need a tire xk-k124-helicopter-landing-skid-motion-rc-383770394649_1024x1024.jpg
     
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    Yea mine blew on landing and destroyed the tire too. I was very happy she didnt ground loop... thats thanks to a good stiff headwind, VGs so i can land very slow, and an instructor that taught me not to be scared of the brakes, get the darned thing to taxi speed asap... with the useful load in a c140 I'm not going to carry spare tire... larger plane i might consider.
     
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    No. And I fly into some dodgy Ag strips.
     
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    If no spare tube and the FBO doesn't have one a garden equipment store can supply one as they use the same size tire but the valve stem is in a slightly different location; however, you can stretch it into position in an emergency.