Mini Cooper Spare Tire
SPACE-SAVER EMERGENCY SPARE TIRE FACTORY UNIT - MINI COOPER & MINI Cooper S
This 'space saver tire' set-up uses the factory spare wheel with a brand new tire for guaranteed fitment.
Fits the following models on the front or rear:
2002-2006 R50 MINI Cooper and R53 MINI Cooper S with standard brakes.
Fits the following models on the rear only - if you have a flat in the front, you need to install the spare on the rear and move a good tire to the front:
2002-2006 R50 MINI Cooper and R53 MINI Cooper S with JCW Sport Brakes.
Yes, you can buy the wheel from the dealer, tire from a tire shop (if you can find one) and get it mounted and balanced - but why bother, we did all the work for you! Mounted, balanced, and ready-to-use. Tire brand will vary depending on supply.
This is the same 'spare' offered by the factory as an option for your Cooper Hatchback, Convertible, and Clubman. Fits in the Clubman rear floor compartment. For the retainer and bolt to secure the spare in your Clubman, see NMW7609.
If your MINI has the Limited Slip option, install the spare tire on the rear.
Remember, this is a 'temporary' spare tire to get you directly home or directly to the nearest tire repair center. Get your flat fixed and back on your car AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you have the Limited Slip Differential option on your MINI, put the compact spare on the rear.
If your MINI did not come with tools to change a tire, see NMA7688.
Recommended 'cold' inflation pressure: 60 psi
Lug Bolts torque:
2002 - 2006 All Models (to 7/11/2006): 88.5 ft lbs
Tighten the lug bolts in a criss-cross pattern.
From the MINI owners manual: Immediately have the wheels checked using a calibrated torque wrench to ensure that the lug bolts are firmly seated, otherwise a serious accident could result if a wheel comes loose.
Specifications: Wheel Size: 3.5J x 15 ET35
NOTE: From the MINI owners manual:
Driving with the space-saver tire
Drive cautiously. Do not exceed a speed of 50mph/80kph.
You must expect changes in vehicle handling such as lower track stability during braking, longer braking distances and changes in self-steering properties when close to the handling limit. These effects are more pronounced when driving with winter tires.
Only one space-saver tire may be mounted at one time. Reinstall a wheel and tire of the original size as soon as possible.
Check the tire inflation pressure at the earliest opportunity and correct it if necessary. Replace the defective tire as soon as possible and have the new wheel/tire assembly balanced.