2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Spare Tire Location
April 02, 2010
A few commenters were wondering on my last Honda Accord Crosstour post where the car's spare tire is located since the normal space for a spare is taken up by the removable storage box. The answer is that it's located underneath the car. To get to it, you have to lower it down just like you have to do on trucks or SUVs with under-body spare tire mounts. Photos and details on how long it takes to get to the spare tire follow after the jump.
The first thing you need to do is remove the storage box. I zoomed in a little too much on this photo, but pictured is the well where the storage box normally resides. The jack and tools are located here. The lug wrench is needed for the next step.
You need to pry up the plastic cap that covers the lowering bolt. It's too tight to do it with a fingernail; the owner's manual shows prying it up with the key, so I did that. After this, you use the wrench to turn the lowering bolt as shown in the first photo.
Rotating the bolt starts to slowly lower this tire tray. You'll need to do about 70 bolt rotations to get the tray all the way down, so how long it takes depends on how quickly you can spin the wrench. In the photo, the tray's about three-quarters of the way down. Once it's down, you can pull the space-saver tire out.
Assuming you have a flat tire, you'll have to put it somewhere. A regular-size wheel won't fit in this tray. I don't believe it will fit in the well where the storage box is, either. The owner's manual says to place it in a large plastic bag (supplied) and put it in the cargo area. There's also a strap to secure the flat tire. Then you'll need to remember to raise the spare tire tray back up before driving off.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor