THINK SHARP ON FLATS

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I be­lieve space-saver spares are ideal, con­trary to pre­vi­ous let­ters. Give peo­ple a full-size spare and they for­get to have it re­paired and drive around with a flat spare. When you drive on a space-saver, you’ll be want­ing to get the re­pair done. I worked for NRMA road ser­vice for 25 years and could fill a book with the call-outs and tows that were needed be­cause the mo­torist had a full-size spare ... that was flat. Ron­ald Cox, via email

Good point. I’ve been guilty of ex­actly that in my re­bel­lious past. There are pros and cons to space­savers and full-size spares — and some even have a be­grudg­ing re­gard for run-flats.

You’re en­ti­tled to, John, but it would no doubt be at the maker’s dis­cre­tion to re­fund you for the di­ag­nos­tic work you’ve paid for be­fore. Your case would be much stronger if you used a Subaru ser­vice depart­ment for the work — I’d ex­pect a full re­fund there. Take it up with your dealer or Subaru Aus­tralia and make sure you can pro­duce the in­voices for the pre­vi­ous work per­formed.

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