MINI Cooper Spare Tire with Factory Wheel - Cooper & S
If you switched from run-flat tires to standard tires, here is the spare designed for your MINI Cooper. Beware of 'similar' space-saver tires from other brands since the hub diameter is most likely the wrong size. If you are shopping at some junk yards for other brands, consider the 'age' of the tire - do you really want a 5+ years old tire as your primary backup??
This 'space saver tire' set-up uses the factory spare wheel with a brand new tire for guaranteed fitment.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 MINI Cooper Spare Tire Tool Kit - NMA7688.
Recommended 'cold' inflation pressure: 60 psi
Lug Bolts torque:
2002 - 2006 All Models (to 7/11/2006): 88.5 ft lbs
2007-2008 Convertibles (from 7/11/2006): 103.3 ft lbs
2007+ Hatchbacks (from 7/12/2006): 103.3 ft lbs
2008+ CLUBMANS: 103.3 ft lbs
2009+ Convertibles: 103.3 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.
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.