Yeah, I've also got the Ti handling package with FS spare. The trunk looks nice - could be awkward when folding seats down - but who cares.Erm. The full size spare doesn't make your floor "bulge" in any way. I have the FS spare (it comes with the handling package) and the trunk floor is raised by about 3". You'll only really notice this when folding the rear seats totally flat because there is a drop from the trunk area into the cabin.
The floor of the trunk area is is completely flat and you wouldn't know there was a full-sized spare tire unless you lifted up the carpet and looked.
You got 5 years of roadside assistance from Ford when you bought the car just so you knowI'm debating whether I should remove my full-size spare or replace it with a mini-spare. Replacing it with a 12V air pump could work as well. I just hate the idea of being stranded on the side of the highway with no tire. I have AAA as well, but I'd have to get a tow home since they don't give away spare tires - which isn't as helpful if I'm on my way to work or something.
The extra 4" of depth in the trunk would be nice too.
Oh, I know. (Not even sure why I still have AAA - I've never used it for myself, just for some friends.)You got 5 years of roadside assistance from Ford when you bought the car just so you know
I think I'll just swap my full-sized for a mini-spare like above (I think I can scrounge one up that'll fit)So I am not saying don't do it, just don't expect a big change, depending on how much you drive maybe a $1 or 2 difference a month, which may or may not be worth the time spent waiting to get a tow if you do have a flat.
Compressor only is a bad idea. Tires go flat because they are leaking, so pumping up the tire will just get you a couple more miles down the road (unless it's really leaking and you get nowhere). Also, remember on Sundays there may be no place to fix your flat and you'll be pumping it up all day.I've never had a flat. I think I'll be replacing my spare with a 12V car plug compressor this weekend.
[nutkick]Better idea - buy a can of fix a flat. It seals the leak and inflates the tire in one fail swoop - and will last until you get it fixed properly.
I forgot that caveat. Yes, you'll have to replace the TPM after using fix a flat. And always inform a shop you added it before they work on the tire - so they are prepared and can clean it up.[nutkick]
Fix-a-Flat is the absolute WORST thing to use. And it will not work if the bead seal is broken between tire and rim either
First, many places refuse to repair a tire that Fix-a-Flat was used in. Second, Fix-a-Flat will also ruin the very expensive tire pressure monitor.
So definitely, really absolutely NEVER use Fix-a-Flat unless you are totally desparate and do not care about any of the issues.
I would definitely prefer to fill the tire, drive a mile ot two and refill, than use some garbage like Fix-a-Flat type stuff.