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I have a 2006 SLK55. I bought it used from a dealer. It has 18 inch wheels with the AMG performance package. Two weeks ago I was looking in the trunk only to find I did not have a spare tire. I called a Mercedes dealership ( not the dealership I purchased the car from) and was told since I have 18 inch wheels, they do not include a spare tire since the spare is only 17 inches. Can anyone confirm this and give some input. THANKS
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not because it's 18"s, but none of the Performance pack specced cars came with a spare, they come with foaming gel, and a pump.
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I'm not too sure you would have been any better off if you would have gotten a spare. My '07 SLK 280, with 16" wheels, came only with a deflated spare that seems to have the thickness of a child's balloon, along with a pump to plug into a power port to inflate it. The spare will not fit into the recess in the trunk if it is inflated. According to the owners' manual, the whole procedure for taking off a flat tire and putting on the spare seems to require the same level of skill as rebuilding the transmission! And I hope I am not plagued with a flat tire and a weak battery at the same time.

Has anybody REALLY used one of those spares that come with an R 171 equipped with one? Did it work out?
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Better than a cheap spare is a membership in a good roadside assistance plan. New MBs come with one, and my insurance company offers one for a reasonable price. Over the past few years (with four drivers in five cars) we used the service twice. Both times the response was quick. Once they actually repaired the flat, and the other they flat-bed towed the car to the repair shop of my choice...
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Better than a cheap spare is a membership in a good roadside assistance plan. New MBs come with one, and my insurance company offers one for a reasonable price. Over the past few years (with four drivers in five cars) we used the service twice. Both times the response was quick. Once they actually repaired the flat, and the other they flat-bed towed the car to the repair shop of my choice...
I agree with this completely. I have the AAA plus membership. Response is usually quick. Unless you are in the middle of nowhere... First year is only $20! And you can use it for your friend or relatives car. Not just your own.
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I certainly agree. In addition to the roadside assistance plan that is "for life" on our MB cars, we have AAA and roadside assistance under our car insurance policy. I guess we are covered three ways. And, from the looks of these "spares" and the directions for using the supplied jacks, additional lug bolts, and the like, I wish we were covered four ways.
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I'm not too sure you would have been any better off if you would have gotten a spare. My '07 SLK 280, with 16" wheels, came only with a deflated spare that seems to have the thickness of a child's balloon, along with a pump to plug into a power port to inflate it. The spare will not fit into the recess in the trunk if it is inflated. According to the owners' manual, the whole procedure for taking off a flat tire and putting on the spare seems to require the same level of skill as rebuilding the transmission! And I hope I am not plagued with a flat tire and a weak battery at the same time.

Has anybody REALLY used one of those spares that come with an R 171 equipped with one? Did it work out?
I've used the collapsed spare on my previous 06 SLK 280 (and 01 C230 Coupe) and it worked just fine. I like the idea of having to inflate it since in other cars the spare tire is often under-inflated unless you remember to check it every few months. Having a service do it for you is fine but I can do it myself in 30 mins or so rather than waiting hours for them to arrive.
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I have a 1999 SLK230 (recently purchased) and do not have the air pump. Does anyone know a place to find one?
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I have a 1999 SLK230 (recently purchased) and do not have the air pump. Does anyone know a place to find one?
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Did you want the MB OEM air pump?

Any air pump from the different auto supply places should work fine and prolly costs less.
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Hey Eric - the MB part for the pump is A0005830702, MSRP is $225usd. I've seen 'em pop up on eBay every once in a while.

Ken (Sulley007) may be able to special order one for you as well...
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After reading several horror stories of the spare tire removal and re-installation (thanks Wooley), I would opt for no spare and a can of gunk. After you pull the impossible feat of getting it out, it's very difficult to get back in short of vacuum shrinking it. Others have also raised the excellent question--what do you do with the damaged tire and wheel if you have a trunk full of stuff? Ditch the spare and use the space for extra storage
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The spare I have in the trunk - is almost impossible to remove. I think they put it in deflated and then inflated it - I tried to remove it and i couldn't - it would rub against the side. Have any of you ever experience that and what did you do if anything

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Isnt that spare to be inflated AFTER you remove it from the trunk?
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Hmm, it's a damned tight fit with it deflated, but it will come out with some work - or at least I've managed to get the spares out of both of mine!
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I have a deflated spare in BOTH OF my 2006 SLK55 AMG and the 2006 SLK280. Both has the air pump to pump it up when needed. I have removed both deflated spares just to see if it can be done and to make sure all parts are there if and when one day I may need to use it.

I think there are several important points to remember:

1. Make sure you know where your "lug bolt lock" is located because you are going to need it to "unlock" and get the flat tire/wheel off the car. Not all SLK's have a "lock". My SLK280 has wheels locks (the prior owner put one on because it had optional original factory 18 inch chrome wheels). My SLK55 AMG DID NOT have the wheel locks which I am getting to secure the wheels.

2. After you or the "rescue guy" manage to get the flat tire off the car. Make sure to use the special "lugs supplied by MB" (these should be in a hard shell clear plastic shrink wrap package next to the spare tire) to secure the spare onto the car. DO NOT USE THE ORIGINAL LUGS THAT WAS JUST TAKEN OFF THE FLAT TIRE BECAUSE THESE ARE OF DIFFERENT SIZE AND IF YOU FORCE IT ONTO THE SPARE TIRE, THEN YOU WILL HAVE DAMAGED THE THREADS AND IT WILL BE A BIG PROBLEM TO GET IT FIXED.

3. Try not to use your "insurance policy" for roadside assistance. Use AAA or MB's roadside assistance. Some years ago I had a breakdown on my brand new RV on the side of the road on I-5. I had called my insurance company for roadside assistance as part of my insurance policy with them. They came to help me and all. But later on when I "switched" car insurance companies............this "roadside" assistance incident showed up on some database shared by all insurance companies and I was questioned by my new insurance company. I am not sure if it had affected my premiums, but the fact that it showed up and I was questioned just makes me wonder.

4. I would try to use the "gel" foam inflation systems first instead of taking the flat tire off the car and put on the spare tire. The "gel" foam inflation systems are available at auto parts stores or at Wal-Mart or Target or major stores.

5. Make sure you carry some kind of "light source"........either battery operated or one of the "self crank/self generating" flashlight by just turning the handle. This is just in case the battery in the flashlight is dead.

6. Make sure you have pulled off the road sufficiently and SAFELY to stop and look and decide what to do about the flat tire. Certainly you do not want to be hit by other cars passing by.

That's all I can think of right now.



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Thanks for the advice - I think I will buy an air pump then i can deflate my tire to remove it in case I need it.
I will check to see i have everything I need - thanks

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Emed, after you remove the spare you should find your air pump.
Also, prior to placing the spare back into the trunk, place a piece of old cloth over the recess and press the tire down; it will make it easier to remove it later.
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Guys, here's another thread about spare tires. Be sure to read Woolly's "Clicky Clicky" link within as well. There's also a tip/trick for easy removal of the spare involving a cereal box . http://www.slkworld.com/slk-r171-gen...-question.html

Although the spare tire looks inflated in the wheel well, I'm pretty sure it's not. Have you tried pushing the valve stem to see if air comes out of the spare?

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You can also try to remove the valve stem mechanism with the plastic tool supplied by MB, so you know all the air is out of the spare tire. Reattach this when you're attempting to inflate the spare tire AFTER it has been removed out of the spare wheel well.
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Note to self: Must look in boot to see whether I have a spare or not.

Only had car 18 months and not managed to get that far. Also had a tyre slashed by someone who objected to me parking on a public road outside of their house. #fascists

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